Introduced by an input on the synchronization practices of bouncing balls and visual clocking by Jan Philip Müller (Institute of Media Studies, University of Basel), this session of Medialogue focuses on the methodological potential of re-enactment and re-assembly within the framework of two PhD projects, setting into motion a critical assessment of specific media archaeological research practices and their adaptability to these projects’ contemporary as well as historical subjects.

Stefanie Bräuer (Institute of Media Studies, University of Basel) retraces the affordances of the electronic oscilloscope and its function of visual clocking in its appropriated use for generating abstract imagery in 1950s experimental filmmaking. Felix Gerloff (Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, HGK FHNW) investigates current practices of software development in the creative industries both through participant observation and own coding exercises and projects. Hands-on methods have been discussed lively in the fields of media archaeology, history of science, classical archaeology and musicology, as well as concerning didactics, modes of exhibition and practice-lead research. Yet in the process of (PhD thesis) writing, the gap between the discursivity of text and the operativity of practices remains problematic. In this session the concentration on current versus historical subjects of the respective PhD projects shall showcase the re-enactment of practices and tools as well as call for a discussion of their heuristic potentials and breaking points.

Medialogue is a joint research colloquium of the Institute of Media Studies, University Basel, and the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, Academy of Art and Design FHNW. Medialogue will serve as a forum of exchange on current issues of media (research) practice, a testing ground for research approaches and hypotheses, and an endeavour to extend the very format of a colloquium. Medialogue as a series will take place at different locations and combine elements like demonstrations, guest lectures, text discussions, and experiments.

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