‘Everybody’ refers to a type of figure used in films and photography, but also in political popularisation processes and advertising or in the internet, to appeal to “all of us” and to testify to the truth or reality of what is portrayed.In this project we are aiming to draw up a cultural-historical iconography of the figure of everybody (which is also the nobody, the common man, the common women, the girl next door) with a particular focus on its more recent history. We are locating exemplary figures of the everybody in a longer tradition of political-democratic figures of popularisation that began with the change towards potential republican or democratic political systems in the 18th and 19th centuries. Finally we are critically and comparatively discussing current philosophical conceptualisations of the everybody as a figure of thought for the diagnosis of the present (for example in the work by René Girard, Giorgio Agamben, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Friedrich Kittler or Michel de Certeau) as they appear in relation to the examples of visual culture being studied.By completing these goals we are analysing the mediating, socialising and mobilising role the figure of the everybody exercises in a contemporary context, marked by increasing mobile, plural and often transitory group-building processes, by a celebration of ‘individual initiative’ and a pronounced scepticism vis à vis the universal.The project receives funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (2015–2018).
Öffentlicher Rundfunk hat in Europas dualen Mediensystemen sehr unterschiedlicheRelevanz und Reichweiten. Welche Differenzen publizistischer Qualität sind in diesenMedienmärkten feststellbar? Wie beeinflussen sich öffentlicher und privater Rundfunkgegenseitig? Das wird in der vorliegenden Untersuchung auf breiter Basis internationalerStudien und Forschungsergebnisse erörtert. Medien werden dabei in ihrem dualenCharakter als Kultur- und als Wirtschaftsgüter begriffen.
The international cultural project PERFORMIGRATIONS, supported by the European Union, explores the intersection of public cultural performance, collaborative art-making, and academic research on mobilities. It proposes a new understanding of ‘territories’, one that emphasizes the performative practices of the people that move toward, within, and through them.From April 2014 to March 2016 PERFORMIGRATIONS will organize eight major cultural events across Europe and Canada, producing eight collaborative art-exhibitions involving a variety of partners and audiences. A range of art forms and digital media platforms will delineate a new, mobile territory that is formed around stories, creativity, and shared cultural experience.