Bernhard Siegert Foto: Moritz Wehrmann
Bernhard Siegert Foto: Moritz Wehrmann

In English

Bernhard Siegert is one of the leading reseachers, and founders, of the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy (IKKM) in Weimar. Siegert’s research has recently gained widespread acknowledgment through the book Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real (trans. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015). The book is a collection of papers and lectures spanning the years between 2001 and 2011.

Siegert’s research is deeply anchored in the technologically oriented media-theoretical and -historical tradition, but can also be described as transcending many border of this multifaceted strand of research. At the very core of Siegert’s theorising is the concept of cultural techniques (”Kulturtechniken”), which describes the relation between the human and the medium (in a wide sense).

Siegert strives to reach a reality behind and beyond the concept of ’the medium’ by deconstructing it into networks of uses and (ontic) operations, which both reflect and shift the fundamental distinctions made in a given culture. The traditional concepts of ’medium’ and ’culture’ are redefined by Siegert as he focuses on practices, processes and distinctions in the borderland between human and non-human, sign and channel, symbolic and real.

Cultural techniques is a comprehensive concept, including for example shipping, eating, and physical interfaces (such as doors), but also the distinction between the semiotic and the material in old and new media. You can find out more about Siegert’s research here

Bernhard Siegert’s residency is financed by the Literature Leading Research Environment at Stockholm University. The event is co-hosted by the DIGMEX network and the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University.