Many people are disaffected with conventional forms of public speaking events. Many panel discussions fail to deliver on the synergetic potentials of the panelists and the unique occasion of the meeting with the public. There is too often too much self-promotion and too little dialog. We wished to address this crisis in a Flusserian manner.
In the ancillary talks program which accompanied the exhibition Vilém Flusser and the Arts we strove to elaborate new dialogical formats and approaches which, inspired by Flusser’s communicology, would provide more opportunities for the generation of “new information” in “a dialog in which people lose themselves in the subject-matter”. To generate an emancipated dialog, and foster creative engagement in question and answer, we seek synergies in the participants’ particular ranges of interests and take an active moderators role in reprocessing the discussion in real time. In April 2016, we had happy opportunity to apply our experimental elaboration of a utopian dialogical format at an expanded two-day colloquium-style symposium generously supported by the third host of the exhibition: West Den Haag.
With contributions by Fiona Hanley, Rainer Guldin, Katerina Krtilova, Peter Mahr, Marcel René Marburger, Arjen Mulder, Simone Osthoff, Polona Tratnik, Baruch Gottlieb and Steffi Winkler.
Transcoding Flusser: Synthetic Thinking (ed. by Baruch Gottlieb and Steffi Winkler). In: Flusser Studies, 22, Nov 2016, Teil II