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70825-01 - Übung: Archive und Netzwerke, Archive als Netzwerke 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2024
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Assaf Shelleg (assaf.shelleg@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Archive und Netzwerke. Archive als Netzwerke
Steve Reich. American. Minimalist. Post-minimalist. Postmodernist. Electronic music. Twelve-tone music. Post Serialism. Avantgarde. Gradual processes. Phases. Loops. Neotonalities. Jewish music. African music. Gamelan. Holocaust. 9/11. Radiohead.
Any attempt to reduce the multilayered cultural phenomena that is Steve Reich into any of the above-listed words is guaranteed to fail. Reich exists in (and as) simultaneous configurations that continuously change, continuously accruing and shedding meanings, and so no monolithic portrayal pertaining to “style” or “identity”, nor a single adjective can adequately grasp his aesthetic penchants and oeuvre. And Reich, needless to say, is a metonym for every other composer you may think of.
In recent decades, Actor-Network Theory (ANT) has been changing the humanities and social sciences. ANT emerged in science and technology research in the 1980s at the same time when post-structuralist theories sought to undo old hierarchies that cultural practices themselves have been obstinately destabilizing. Focusing on modern and contemporary music, this seminar aims at applying ANT to archival work on modern and contemporary musics, and in turn learn how to assemble the simultaneities that constitute and condition these musics. But this does not mean that we will be dealing with unmanageable archival items, compositions, analysis thereof, and numerous cross-disciplinary contexts; rather, our matters of concern will always be restricted from without, yet thickened from within. To do so we will learn to recognize the human and non-human “actors” of a given network, their agencies, mediations, and mediators – be it a small concert series in the early 1980s in New York; a given edition of the Darmstadt Ferienkurse; the agencies of MIDI or sampling in a given place and time; a cluster of works written in a short period by a single or several composers; or a given archival collection of a composer or a musical institution.
This seminar will discuss all that and more. While familiarizing ourself with various approaches to ANT, each student will be assigned a research project based on one of the collections held at the Paul Sacher Stiftung. Our goal would then be to deal with both theory and practice, as we consider cultural and artistic phenomena that always exist in the plural.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
unregelmässig Siehe Einzeltermine
Bemerkungen 28.02. (2stündig, via ZOOM) 11.03. (MWS, Vortragssaal) 18.03. (MWS, Vortragssaal) 01.04. (MWS, Vortragssaal) 15.04 (2 ständig, via ZOOM) Genaue Zeiten werden noch bekannt geben.


Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 28.02.2024 14.00-16.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 11.03.2024 10.00-18.00 Uhr Musikwissenschaft, Vortragssaal
Montag 18.03.2024 10.00-18.00 Uhr Musikwissenschaft, Vortragssaal
Montag 01.04.2024 10.00-18.00 Uhr Musikwissenschaft, Vortragssaal
Montag 15.04.2024 10.00-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Modul: Grundlagen der Musikwissenschaft (Bachelor Studienfach: Musikwissenschaft)
Modul: Individuelle wissenschaftliche Vertiefung und musikwissenschaftliche Berufspraxis (Master Studienfach: Musikwissenschaft)
Modul: Materialitäten (Master Studiengang: Kulturtechniken)
Wahlbereich Bachelor Musikwissenschaft: Empfehlungen (Bachelor Studienfach: Musikwissenschaft)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Musikwissenschaft