Donnerstag, 31. Oktober 2019, 18:00 - 20:00 iCal

Canned Laughter.

Conceptualism, Language, and Innovation

Eric C. H. de Bruyn (Freie Universität Berlin)

Teil der Vortragsreihe "So you think that's funny? Über das Komische in der nachmodernen Kunst"



Seminarraum 1, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universitätscampus Hof 9
Garnisongasse 13, 1090 Wien


In relation to the paradoxical language games of conceptual art (Dan Graham) and its aftermath (V-Girls), Eric de Bruyn will discuss the comic as the appearance of a gap between a rule and its application to a given situation. Following Paolo Virno, the joke can be said to function as an anthropogenic diagram of innovative action that has the potential to transform conventional ‘forms of life’ (Wittgenstein). The question, then, is whether the performative wit of (post-)conceptual art exceeded or anticipated the constant flux of 'life forms' in an information society where even computers are now taught to recognize and replicate the all-too-human experience of humor.


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Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Professur Islamische Kunstgeschichte