Rudolf  Frieling

Form Follows Format

Symposium "Present Continuous Past(s)"

Rudolf Frieling

Rudolf Frieling

Media Files


Form Follows Format - Tensions, Museums, Media Technology, and Media Art

The question of "formatting" and the devices for recording, saving, distribution, and presentation, with which artists continue to be confronted, provoke this aphorism from Kittler: "The typewriter writes, too." Consequently, it is always a specifically artistic practice to appropriate available technologies for genuinely artistic purposes, but at the same time working against the conditions of the hard- and software in question. Putting it more pointedly: art with media is also art directed against media. The first part of this essay is devoted to aspects of this artistic history of technological formats and platforms. In a second step, the questions will be posed how far the technologies and media used trigger a perceptible change in art reception, and to what extent this can be connected with a history of the sites and institutions in which media art was produced and/or presented.

(Media Art Net Lecture 1)

Artists / Authors



iMediathek, Hochschule für Künste Bremen


Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Germany

Partners / Sponsors

In cooperation with the International University Bremen and Filmbüro Bremen




, Sep 21, 2004



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