Mediated Things. The Excess of Things between Photography and Text (Comparative Literature)
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Sakine Weikert received her M.A. in German Literature (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Media Studies and German as a Foreign Language (Freie Universität Berlin) in 2010 with honours. Her thesis on language and violence in the discourse of the German terrorist group Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) was published in 2012. In 2004 she held a teaching position at Deutsches Haus at New York University, funded by a DAAD grant. She has been working in fields such as guided museums tours ("Animism" at HKW Berlin), cultural journalism (print, tv and online), event organization (International Literature Festival Berlin). She has been a Ph.D. candidate at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, receiving a 3 years research grant by the DFG. Project supervisor: Prof. Dr. Georg Witte (Comparative Literature, FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Hartmut Böhme (Cultural Studies, Humboldt University Berlin).
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PHD-Project: Mediated Things
How do we perceive things? How are they taken into view artistically? How do they trigger playful narratives?
Sakine Weikert’s dissertation on “Mediated Things” analyzes the staging of things through text and photography. The seemingly mundane everyday has not only evolved as a focus of artistic interest but also as a topic of interdisciplinary research. Things have been charged with meaning and value through discourses about magical, animist, fetishist objects / museum collectibles and memorabilia / consumer goods.
Through different aspects of image-text-mediation and genre-hybridity - a let's say excessive framing - things are highlighted and appear as the driving force of the narration. Even though we look at "Mediated Things" - for example in works by Sophie Calle, Leanne Shapton or Teju Cole -, we experience an excess of meaning and a certain thingly quality.
The study looks at artist books and emerging alternative modes of (digital) narration and reading. It contributes to a dynamic and interdisciplinary theory building as it aims to integrate material culture studies into literary studies as well as the itinerancy of the photographic image.
„entweder schwein oder mensch“ - Sprache und Gewalt in Texten der RAF ("Language and violence in texts of the Red Army Fraction“). KWD 28. Institut für kulturwissenschaftliche Deutschlandstudien, Universität Bremen 2012 (http://www.deutschlandstudien.uni-bremen.de/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Kurz-Abstract-Weikert1.pdf).
„Spurensuche: Absenzen und biographische Risse in Sophie Calles Die Entfernung“ (“Absences and biographical interruptions in Sophie Calle's artwork The Detachment“). In: Katharina Alsen, Nina Heinsohn (Hg.): „Bruch – Schnitt – Riss. Deutungspotenziale von Trennungsmetaphorik in Literatur und Kunst, Philosophie und Theologie.“ Reihe: Hamburger geisteswissenschaftliche Studien zu Religion und Gesellschaft. Berlin: Lit-Verlag 2015 (http://www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-643-11686-4).
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