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ISEA2010 RUHR Conference
P29 Latin American Forum I: Variantologia Latina

Thur 26 August 2010
10:00–12:00h
Orchesterzentrum|NRW, Dortmund

Hosted by Siegfried Zielinski (de) and Andres Burbano (co)

The Variantologia Latina panel explores the deep roots of media history in Latin America, inquiring into phenomena which anticipate the concepts of network, photography and scientific tools before the 20th century.

  1. Domingo Ledezma (ve/us): Interpreting New World Nature. Niermberg's Historia Naturæ as a Palimpsest of Fantastic Literature
  2. Karla Jasso (mx): Novohispanic Imaginary, Light, Shadow and Diagrams.

ISEA2010 Conference Proceedings | P29 Latin American Forum I: Variantologia Latina (PDF, 85.01 KB)

Siegfried Zielinski (de)

Variantologia Latina

The southern part of the two Americas was baptised Latin America in early modern times. By importing academic Europe's Esperanto, Latin thus became the label to characterise South American culture. This culture was defined from the perspective of the Latin-Christian civilisation. Active in the centre of this intellectual colonising process were the elite troupes of the Vatican, i.e. the congregation of the Jesuits. They were sent away from Rome by the pope in order to universalise the world in a single faith. Even the great GWF Hegel still understood South America's identity solely in relation to Christian Europe. Variantologia Latina as an experiment is working in an opposite direction. It proceeds from the assumption, that the different countries and regions of South America have developed their own knowledge and technology cultures as well as their own forms of linguistic expressions, their own music, machines and technical images long before and parallel to colonisation. The archaeology of South American media could carve out these developments from the deep-time developments of history and have them unfold within a new context. ISEA2010 RUHR is set to be the place for breaking the first ground.

Siegfried Zielinski holds the Media Theory chair at the Institute for time based media, Berlin University of Arts, focusing on Archaeology and Variantology of Media. He regularly gives master classes at MECAD in Barcelona, particularly for students from Latin America, teaches techno-aesthetics and media archaeology at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas Fee, Switzerland, where he holds the Michel Foucault professorship. Zielinski is a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin (Akademie der Künste) and of the European Film Academy. Zielinski studied theatre arts, modern German literature, linguistics, semiotics, sociology, philosophy, and political science in Marburg and Berlin. His studies centered on the field of advanced technical media (radio, film, video, computers). Zielinski has published more than a dozen books and far over 150 essays, primarily in the areas of media history and theory. Currently he is working on a five volume book series on Variantology.

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Domingo Ledezma (ve/us)

Interpreting New World Nature. Niermberg's Historia Naturæ as a Palimpsest of Fantastic Literature

The Spanish Jesuit Juan Eusebio Nieremberg published in 1635 his Historia Naturæ, maxime peregrinæ, a treatise focused on describing and interpreting marvels and rarities of nature. The aim of Nieremberg’s book was to give new legitimacy to discussions of the inner values of the New World. Responding to a depth of crisis suffered by the monarchy during the 17th century, this natural history exalts American continent as a prodigious place whose hidden significance has yet to be discovered. My project assesses the prevalence of New World knowledge in Nieremberg’s work and discusses its details.

ISEA2010 Conference Proceedings | Interpreting New World Nature. Niermberg's Historia Naturæ as a Palimpsest of Fantastic Literature (PDF)

Domingo Ledezma, native of Venezuela, is Associate professor of Latin American Literature at Wheaton College, in Massachusetts USA. His recent publications and research focus on Jesuits New World intellectual productions, baroque natural histories and literature of voyages and shipwrecks

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Karla Jasso (mx)

Novohispanic Imaginary, Light, Shadow and Diagrams.

It is not enough to just write about the influence that Athanasius Kircher’s thinking had in Carlos Siguenza y Gongora, as well as in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, two main figures of the Mexican baroque period. In the context of media archaeology where the main challenge of the investigation is to be able to discover individual variations this document focuses on these two important characters, their conceptions of light, shadow and the recovery of calculating time machines of Ancient Mexico.

ISEA2010 Conference Proceedings | Novohispanic Imaginary, Light, Shadow and Diagrams (PDF)

Karla Jasso is a Ph.D. student at UNAM. Her current research focus on the relation between art and science at Novohispanic Imaginary. She is author of the book Art, Technology and Feminism: New Symbolic Imagining. Since 2007, she has been chief curator at the Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City.

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