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Kateřina Krtilová – Theory of Media and Mediality of Theory

The premise of media philosophy is that philosophy itself changes with its media. Apart from writing there are non-discoursive and non-propositional „logics“: thinking in images, moving images, numbers, diagrams, various aesthetic practices. In contrast to Friedrich Kittler media philosophical approaches stress the performativity of thinking in or through media (Dieter Mersch, D.N. Rodowick) which cannot be reduced to technical operationality. Modern technology operates according to a specific logic, described by Martin Heidegger as mastering the real, making everything available, at disposal. Going back to this concept of technology the talk will bring into question a technical notion of theory on one hand and the possibility of a media-reflexive theory practice based in aesthetic practices.

Dr. des. Katerina Krtilova is a researcher at the Institute for Critical Theory at the Zurich University of the Arts and coordinator of the PhD program “Epistemologies of Aesthetic Practices”, based in the Collegium Helveticum in Zurich. She received her PhD from Bauhaus- Universität Weimar in 2017 with a thesis on Vilém Flusser’s media philosophy. In her research she focuses on media philosophy, German media theory and the relations between reflexivity, performativity and technology in 20 th and 21st century philosophy. She has organized a number of projects on media philosophy, in 2013/2014 the DFG funded project “Positions and perspectives of German and Czech Media Philosophy”; starting 2017 the International Network for Media Philosophy; also 2017 “Project Golem – Uncanny Acts of Creation between Science, Art and Technology”. Together with Kateřina Svatoňová she has edited the volumes Medienwissenschaft. Východiska a aktuální pozice německé filosofie a teorie médií, 2016, and Mizení. Fenomény, mediální praktiky a techniky na prahu zjevného in 2017. Since 2015 she is a member of the editorial board of Internationales Jahrbuch für Medienphilosophie (International Journal for Media Philosophy), currently preparing an issue on mediality and practice, edited together with Dieter Mersch.

Posted on: 2. 5. 2018, Jan Maštera