Cite as: Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, ‘Models as Media of Worlding in Sadie Benning and Fernand Deligny’, keynote presented at the conference Models: World Picture Conference, ICI Berlin, 17 November 2023, video recording, mp4, 48:16 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e231117-1>
Keynote
17 Nov 2023

Models as Media of Worlding in Sadie Benning and Fernand Deligny

By Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky

What do the Pixelvision videos of artist Sadie Benning and the ‘tentatives’ of philosopher and social educator Fernand Deligny have in common, and what links these works to the question of models? Both Benning and Deligny criticize existing models and decidedly do not want to create new models. Both want to change the existing view of the world and its respective models, which are firmly anchored in society and its values, feelings, and affects. And both build on the singularity and contingency of the present in order to initiate a practice of worlding that is less exclusive and less violent. And yet, as Deuber-Mankowsky will show, models play a crucial role for both Benning and Deligny in their explorations of different forms of worlding. The question is, of course, what one means by model?

Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky is Professor Emerita of Media Studies and Gender Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She was Visiting Professor at the Centre d’études du vivant, Université Paris VII (2007), Columbia University (2012, 2017), and Northwestern University (2023), as well as Senior Fellow at IKKM Weimar (2013) and Fellow at the DFG Research Group ‘Media Anthropology’, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (2022). She is also Associate Member at the ICI Berlin, External Affiliate at the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought (Goldsmiths University of London), and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Deutsches Historisches Museum.


Venue

ICI Berlin
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Organized by

Veronica Fitzpatrick
Manuele Gragnolati
Christoph Holzhey
Jules O’Dwyer
Brian Price
John David Rhodes
Meghan Sutherland
Elizabeth Wijaya
A World Picture Conference in cooperation with Cambridge Film & Screen and ICI Berlin

Video in English

Format: mp4
Length: 00:48:16
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Part of the Conference

Models: World Picture Conference

The keyword for this year’s World Picture Conference is ‘models’. Organized in cooperation with the ICI Berlin, it stages a collaboration with the current ICI Research Project, which reflects upon modelling practices across different fields, with a particular focus on the role of reduction and its critical potentials.

A model can be an object of admiration, a miniature or prototype, an abstracted phenomenon or applied theory, a literary text — practically anything from a human body on a catwalk to a mathematical description of a system. It can elicit desire, provide understanding, guide action or thought. Despite the polysemy of the term, models across disciplines and fields share a fundamental characteristic: their effect depends on a specific relational quality. A model is always a model of or for something else, and the relation is reductive insofar as it is selective and considers only certain aspects of both object and model. The literary examples of maps made to the scale of a territory described by Lewis Carroll and Jorge Luis Borges humorously point to the absurdity of thinking that models keep improving by becoming less reductive until they eventually coincide with their target.

For further details of the ICI Focus ‘Models’, please see https://www.ici-berlin.org/projects/models.

Venue

ICI Berlin
(Click for further documentation)

Organized by

Veronica Fitzpatrick
Manuele Gragnolati
Christoph Holzhey
Jules O’Dwyer
Brian Price
John David Rhodes
Meghan Sutherland
Elizabeth Wijaya
A World Picture Conference in cooperation with Cambridge Film & Screen and ICI Berlin