RE-TOUCHING McLUHAN Centennial Weekend Schedule

FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011

2nd German Canadian Professionals Conference – Global Village: Calamity or Chance?
12:00 Registration and Light Lunch
13.30 Welcome and Introduction
14.00 Brian Lee Crowley, Director, Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), Ottawa
14:40 Linus Neumann, adjunct blogger,
15:30 Gundolf S. Freyermuth, Director, Cologne University of Applied Science’s Game Lab
16:45 Panel Discussion featuring Klaus Haasis (CEO, MFG Public Innovation Agency, Stuttgart), Nandita Biswas Mellamphy (Asst. Professor, Dept. of Political Science, UWO, London, ON), Mass Abedi (CEO, Abco Film Corp., Vancouver / Hamburg)

Play_McLuhan Exhibition Presentation
17:00 Sabine Breitsameter and Sound and Media Culture students, Hochschule Darmstadt

Re-Touching McLuhan – The Medium is the Massage Event Opening / Reception
18.00 Marshall McLuhan Centennial Welcome Address – Ambassador Peter M. Boehm
18.15 Introductory Keynote – Prof. Richard Cavell: McLuhan, Tactility, and the Digital
19:00 Reception
20:00 The Medium is the Massage Album launch featuring Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky


RE-TOUCHING McLUHAN The Medium is the Massage Conference
10.00 Registration and Welcome coffee
10:30 Conference welcome and introductions by Stephen Kovats
10.40 Thematic Introductions by Dieter Daniels and Christopher Salter
11:00 Martina Leeker: McLuhan today, seen with the eyes of 1960′s Neo-Avantgarde and contemporary Media Art
11:45 Claus Pias: Freiheit statt Freizeit
12:30 Katja Kwastek: Mediated Massage Embodiment, Connectedness and Alienation in New Media Art
13:15 Lorenz Engell: McLuhan as Mouse: The Tactile and the Index
14:00 Discussion
14:15 Break
15:15 Michael Darroch: Explorations across Anonymous History and Acoustic Space
16:00 Janine Marchessault: Topic: McLuhan’s Fair: Expo ‘67 as Counterblast
16:45 Dieter Daniels: An ear for an eye – Traveling visual, acoustic and tactile space with Marshall McLuhan, John Cage and Nam June Paik

SUNDAY MAY 29, 2011

McLuminations Screening & Discussion  / Through the Vanishing Point Vernissage

14.00 doors open / welcome coffee

14:30 McLuminations #1: McLuhan vs. McLuhan – The optimist and the monitor, a speculative encounter

McLuhanists Derrick de Kerckhove and Steffi Winkler present and discuss selected rare archival video material of McLuhan each elaborating their own impressions of the media McLuhan.  The two scholars present the many facets of McLuhan, the visionary, the jester, the voice of caution, the ad man,  etc.  in a dynamic interchange.  Moderated by Baruch Gottlieb.

17:00 Through The Vanishing Point
Vernissage of the multi-media installation by David Rokeby and Lewis Kaye originally presented at the “Coach House”, University of Toronto, Marshall McLuhan’s former and legendary office. The artists will be present and give a talk at this European premiere of their work.

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances Liz Kotz and Graham Larkin are no longer able to present a lecture at Re-Touching McLuhan. Michael Darroch has now joined the programme in their place.

McLuhan in Europe 2011 is an initiative of transmediale in collaboration with the Marshall McLuhan Salon / Embassy of Canada Berlin, Gingko Press, and RIM. Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha