Series: Beginning. Middle. Ending

Subject Area 2: Beginning and Ending

Concept: Hildegard Fraueneder

The series Beginning and Ending deals with the various questions of creativity, its relationship to tradition and innovation and the relationship between completion and processuality. These affect attitudes of reception as well as qualitative changes in production processes: That which originates from many, or can be transformed through further writing or adaptations in “dispersed authorship,” or no longer understands an antecedent, a consequent or the external as separable from the actual “work” has permanently shaken the formerly narrow connection of “author and work.” An artistic work, a recent film series, a literary text or a post-dramatic theatre event – they all begin somewhere and end at some point, but in a different way than what can be traced in clearly delimitable works. The question of beginning and ending is always posed concretely to the individual case, but against the backdrop of the dissolution of boundaries, openness and collectivity; a beginning/an ending can no longer be described per se as an “aesthetic act of domination” that sets a limit.

In this series, many different transitional zones can be addressed, both in terms of a changed understanding of being an artist and of artistic activity, a shift of attention from form to content and above all in terms of how we perceive but also shape the “world” with and through the arts.


Bisherige Veranstaltungen
30. Januar 2020: Figurationen und Szenen des Beginnens: Themenfeld Musik mit Didi Neidhart (Autor, Musiker, DJ, Salzburg), Marco Döttlinger (Komponist, Salzburg), Marco Sala (Klarinettist, Salzburg)

12. Dezember 2019: Figurationen und Szenen des Beginnens: Themenfeld Literatur – Vortrag von Stephan Kammer (München): Anfangen im System. Finden, Ordnen, Formen, Merken, Reden in der Rhetorik, Lesung von Ann Cotten (Berlin/Wien): Der Schneeballeffekt: Too big to progress further

05. Dezember 2019: Figurationen und Szenen des Beginnens: Themenfeld Film – Vortrag von Julia Bee: Alltägliche Dramen des Anfangens: Das Intro als affektive Schwelle, Filmscreening von Franz Bergmüller: Film im Film/Eröffnungssequenzen

7. November 2019: Figurationen und Szenen des Beginnens: Themenfeld Bildende Kunst – Vortrag von Jürgen Stöhr (Konstanz): Von hier aus. Jedes Bild beginnt mit dem Wort ›hier‹. Aber wo ist dieses Hier?, Artist talk mit Beate Terfloth (Künstlerin, Salzburg) und Reinhard Ermen (Köln)

Lecture Series: Science and Arts: Artes

Subject Area 3: Transitions between Art and Life

Concept: Werner Michler, Thomas Assinger (Dept. of German Studies)


In a loose sequence of smaller workshops and guest lectures, we attempt to profile the history of the concept and praxeology of the artes (artes liberales, artes hermeticae/magicae, artes mechanicae) from the Middle Ages to modern times. The focus is on the question of how the fields of knowledge that once part of the artes have diverged into the “autonomous” fields of “science” and “art.” The epistemological interest is thus not only historical, but lies in accounting for the losses associated with this process, which is usually understood as being responsible for the “success story” of the modern era. What disciplines, ideologies, practices, worldviews have taken on those subjects that were once considered neither scientific nor artistic? Are there chances of recovering a concept of “art” that could lead to a new formation of “arts” in the narrower as well as in the broader sense: ars vivendi/moriendi, art of education and art of healing (instead of a social-scientific or psychological pedagogy and a natural-scientific medicine), etc.?


Bisherige Veranstaltungen
27. Mai 2021: Sergius Kodera (Wien): Sir Kenelm Digbys Sympath(et)isches Pulver. Ein Wundermittel des 17. Jh. zwischen literarischer Konstruktion, paracelsischer Medizin und frühmodernen effluvia-Theorien

28. Januar 2021: Robert Brennan (Sydney): Making Art Modern? Views from the Italian Renaissance, Responent: Wolf-Dietrich Löhr (Berlin)

Lecture Series: Literacies

Subject Area 3: Transitions between Art and Life

Concept: Iris Laner, Werner Michler, Romana Sammern


This series will, among other things, discuss transdisciplinary alternatives to pedagogical discourses of competence and bring scientific and artistic perspectives into dialogue in the context of European educational discourses.

With Hildegard Fraueneder (Dept. of Art Education, Mozarteum University, Figurations of Transition, S&A), Ulrike Greiner (School of Education, University of Salzburg), Iris Laner (Dept. of Art Education/SOMA, Mozarteum University), Werner Michler (Figurations of Transition, S&A/Dept. of German Studies, University of Salzburg), Markus Oppolzer (Dept. of English Studies, University of Salzburg), Romana Sammern, Figurations of Transition, S&A/Department of Art History, University of Salzburg), Birke Sturm (Dept. of Art Education, Mozarteum University).


Bisherige Veranstaltungen:

  1. Oktober 2021: Begriffskritik

Lecture Series: Physiology

Subject Area 3: Transitions between Art and Life

Concept: Romana Sammern

The Physiology series discusses visualizations of physiological constitutions and their role in the genesis, transformation and dissemination of knowledge (including artistic, medical, natural historical, technological, etc.) along concrete bodily processes: conceiving/fathering, giving birth/being born, ageing, dying, digesting


Bisherige Veranstaltungen
20. Mai 2021: Irene Calà (München/Berlin): Old Age in the Late Antiquity: Female Ageing between Physiology and Appearance

22. April 2021: Fabian Jonietz (München): „Cacatum (non) est pictum“? Ernährung und Ausscheidung als Metapher kreativer Akte