INTERNATIONALE TAGUNG: Copycat. Dealing with Dangerous Mimesis

23.02. – 25.02.2017
Bauhaus Universität Weimar

Festsaal | Goethe-Nationalmuseum, Frauenplan 1, D – 99423






Media and Mimesis


Copycat. Dealing with Dangerous Mimesis aims at re-assessing mimesis as a cultural technique. Against modernity’s self-description as an essentially a-mimetic cultural and social formation the symposium will track down mimetic practices as constitutive functions of culture and sociality in contemporary practices of pictorial representation, in accessing and using symbolic forms (manifested in cross-media processes as diverse as copying, citing, paraphrasing, sampling, serializing, montage and remake), in reenactment, anthropotechnical and intercultural transfers and appropriations.


From February 23 – 25, 2017 the DFG-Research Unit Media and Mimesis is holding its first international symposium. The conference, which takes place in the Goethe-Nationalmuseum in Weimar will also mark the completion of the first three-year research period of this cooperation of scholars based at  the universities of Weimar, Bochum, Frankfurt am Main, Basel and Zürich and the Art Academy of Munich. Funding for the Research Unit is provided by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).





February 23


15:00   Welcome

Bernhard Siegert (Weimar)


Section I – Friedrich Balke (Bochum)

15:30  Dorothee Kimmich (Tübingen)

Vagueness: Similarity as Paradigm in Cultural Theory


16:30  Peter Berz

Erscheinen! Fighting for the Phenotype


17:30 Break


Section II – Maria Muhle (Munich)

18:00  Michael T. Taussig (New York)

Why Donkeys are Dumb


20:00  Dinner | Erbenhof




February 24


Section III – Markus Krajewski (Basel)

9:00  Tobias Döring

Glass Acts: Dealing with Dangerous Mirrors


10:00  Stephan Kammer (Munich)

Copying Genius: Dangerous Mimesis in Sturm und Drang


11:00  Break


11:30  Uwe Wirth (Giessen)

Poetic Paperwork: Cut and Paste as Grafting


12:30  Lunch | Versilia


Section IV – Monika Dommann (Zürich)

14:00  Alexandra Stara (London)

The Radicality of Mimesis: Towards a Proposition for Contemporary Architecture


15:00  Eva von Engelberg-Dočkal (Weimar)

Dangerous Architecture: Reconstruction and Historicising Building as a Threat


16:00  Break


Section V – Lorenz Engell (Weimar)

16:30 Lisa Gotto (Cologne)

Bits and Bugs: Distributed Mimesis as Digital Default


17:30  Christiane Voss (Weimar)

Dioramatic Mimesis


19:00  Conference Dinner




February 25


Section VI – Helga Lutz (Weimar)

9:30  Michael Hutter (Berlin)

Alberti-Windows, Gersaint-Catalogues and Warhol-Flowers: Historical Interplays between Creation and Innovation in Aesthetic Games


10:30  Break


11:00  Evonne Levy (Toronto)

Jesuit Mimesis: Three Approaches


12:00 Ralph Dekoninck (Louvain-la-Neuve)

Mimesis and / or Invention: The Quarrel about the Quarrel of the Ancient and the Moderns


The event is open to the public, with advance registration requested (mum@medien.uni-weimar.de).