Lutz Koepnick: Figures of Resonance: Reading at the Edges of Attention

Aesthetic Seminar.

2017.08.29 | Johanne Vejrup Nielsen

Date Thu 12 Oct
Time 14:15 17:00
Location Kasernen, Langelandsgade 139, Building 1584, Room 124

The introduction of new media has recurrently produced fierce arguments and fears about the future of attention, our ability to attend to meanings, objects, and ideas with care and persistence. In his talk, Koepnick revisits past and present debates about the relation of audiobooks and paper-based texts in order to argue for the need to move beyond worn concepts of aesthetic attentiveness. In Koepnick’s view, the mobile listening of audiobooks as much as the roaming passage through contemporary sound installations offer compelling test cases to rethink the very logic that makes us discuss (and often misunderstand) new technologies with old arguments. As it (re)introduces the category of resonance to cognitively centered understandings of reading, Koepnick’s presentation explores the pleasures of half-attentive receptivity as a springboard to develop expanded attitudes about attention and aesthetic experience that meet the realities of a world saturated with information technology.


Programme: Aesthetic Seminars Autumn 2017

Seminar, Kunsthistorie, Æstetik og Kultur, Litteraturhistorie og Retorik, Contemporary Aesthetics and Technology