Flyer for the 4th Network Meeting: Media and the Senses. Grey background with black geometrical form. Text in Black. QR Code and Logos from HU Berlin, University Vienna, HKB, Universität Konstanz and DFG.


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The fourth network meeting is dedicated to the spaces of experience that emerge from the interplay of practices, senses and media (cf. Alper 2018; Hammer 2015; Schillmeier 2010). The interest lies on the aesthetic, artistic and philosophical potentials of dis-/ability in particular, departing from an exploration of blindness in both historic and contemporary practices.

The first public panel on Thursday evening addresses the period around 1920, when the need for training the senses came into focus in many ways: in the context of post-war rehabilitation, of pedagogy and of arts and crafts education (Medien, Sinne, Körper um 1920, THU 12 May, 6pm, German, public).  On Friday afternoon, the mode of discussion is more explorative, with a workshop dedicated to inclusive practices and methods of perception in the museum and on stage, all in relation to the interferences between body, space and technologies (Raum – Körper – Technologien im Museum und im Theater, FRI 13 May, 2pm, German, public). In the evening, a set of anthropological perspectives are adopted, looking at current processes of “embodied translation” and historic constructions of “in/capacities” in relation to the senses (Translating the Senses, FRI 13 May, 7:30 pm, English, public/hybrid). 


In addition, internal network meetings are scheduled for the discussion of publications (FRI, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, SAT, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm).


The conference will be held on site.

Raum D im Quartier für digitale Kultur (QDK), 

Quartier 21 / Museumsquartier

Museumsplatz 1

1070 Vienna



Access to the event venue is barrier-free.

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Please register here for the Zoom talk by G. Hammer: click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the meeting.

Participation in public on-site events is free of charge. No registration is necessary.


Organised by

Luisa Drews (Berlin), Jana Herwig (Vienna), Yvonne Schmidt (Bern), Judith Willkomm (Konstanz) 



All times are CET


Thursday, 12 May 2022


Medien, Sinne, Körper um 1920

[public event]

Paolo Caneppele (Filmmuseum Wien): „Krieg, Reich der Finsternis. Die Figur der Blinden im Filmfragment Konrad Hartls Lebensschicksal (1918)“

Klemens Gruber (Universität Wien): „Der Tastsinn am Bauhaus: Montessori, Marinetti, Moholy-Nagy“

Georg Vasold (Universität Wien): „‚Wenn die Hände das Amt des Auges verwalten‘. Viktor Löwenfeld und das Israelitische Blindeninstitut in Wien“


Friday, 13 May 2022


Network Meeting

Internal Meeting - Session 1



Raum, Körper, Technologien im Museum

[public event] 

Julia Häußler (Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien)Projekt ARCHES

Siegfried Saerberg (Evangelische Hochschule Hamburg)„Die Dreisbacher Durchmusterung”

Yvonne Schmidt & Celestina Widmer (Hochschule der Künste Bern): „Ästhetiken des Im/Mobilen“



Translating the Senses

[public event: on-site and Zoom. Please register here for streaming] 

Gili Hammer (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)“Embodied translation across abilities: An anthropological perspective“ (on-site and Zoom. )

Karin Harrasser (Kunstuniversität Linz/IFK Wien): “In/capacity. Anthropology of the senses in question”


Saturday, 14 May 2022


Network Meeting

Internal Meeting - Session 2