Lecture: Sign or Corpse? The Dead Body in the Age of Digitalization

20.05.2014

Lecture by Kristin Marek (Art Historian, University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe)
Moderation: Ralph Fischer (Director of Studies, Protestant Academy Frankfurt)

Death still seems to be a taboo topic, but at the same time the dead body is a subject of renewed interest in the field of popular culture and in the context of art. This can largely be explained by technology and the possibilities of digitalization. The lecture examines this new visibility of death as enabled by the conditions of the digital. A primary questions was what kind of presence is generated by the many images of the dead and what this says about our contemporary relationship to death and the dead.

Kristin Marek is an art historian and a participant in the research fellowship of the Margarete von Wrangell Program of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Research and Education at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe.

A theater expert and cultural scientist, Ralph Fischer is Director of Studies at the Protestant Academy Frankfurt and is responsible for cultural studies and contemporary issues affecting urban society.

In cooperation with the Protestant Academy Frankfurt.