The talk will be held in German.
What role do scales and proportions of cultural objects play when it comes to their description and interpretation? The talk is devoted to enquiring to what extent a study of cultural figurations depends on a systematic consideration of questions of scale. It aims to demonstrate that the study of works of art, of the intra- and inter-cultural comparison of aesthetic structures, and of the historical dynamic of processes of cultural change in the arts can benefit from focussing on phenomena of scaling. On the one hand, this will help establish scaling as a central category in our fundamental repertoire of aesthetic theory. On the other hand, comparative case studies of concrete works of art offer an opportunity to examine how cultural figurations respond to changes of size or to the manner in which their dimensions are varied in relation to those of other figurations, both aesthetic and non-aesthetic. The talk is determined to bring about a theoretically sophisticated historical analysis of the genesis and dynamics of cultural figurations from the perspective of the problem of scaling.
Respondent: Nicolas Pethes (Köln)