Liquefactions, Conference Berlin

Liquefactions. Aesthetic and semantic dimensions of a topos.
International and Interdisciplinary Conference
(Berlin, 23-25 Nov 12)

From Zygmunt Bauman’s “Liquid Modernity” to Zaha Hadid’s “Total
Fluidity”, the topos of Fleeting and Flowing is experiencing a surge of
interest as a sign of cultural (post)modernism, with technologisation
and psychologisation having led to a ‘liquefaction’ of borders and
orders of the most varied kind. Still, such metaphors reach back much
farther, with the famous saying, “all things flow”, expressing one’s
belief in the ever-present change in universe. Romanticism followed
this positive interpretation with a substantial imagery of the Flowing.
Yet at the end of the century, the spirit changed, with the Liquid
being a potentially ambivalent topos that articulates an unsettling
modern experience of physical, psychological, technological und
perceptual processes. Given novel media and materials in the 20th
century and today, these moments of crisis are reflected with an eye on
the material, formal and semantic implications of the Liquid. The
conference discusses the aesthetic and semantic dimensions of the topos
since Romanticism, considering its impact on different scientific and
artistic fields, and its changing historical interpretations.

Universität der Künste Berlin
Hardenbergstr. 33
10623 Berlin
Raum Ha110