Stephan Porombka

Stephan Porombka initially was a literary scholar at the Free University and the Humboldt University in Berlin, focusing on New Media; he was an early expert on hypertext as well as a slam poet and a journalist. In 2003, he became professor at the University of Hildesheim, where he initiated the degree courses "Creative Writing and Cultural Journalism" and "Literary Writing" and established the quality management for the entire university. In 2013, he became professor for textual theory and textual design at the Berlin University of the Arts. His work there focuses on ways to transform established concepts of literary, essayistic, and journalistic creativity and text production in a changing culture of writing under digital conditions. Since 2015, he has been a columnist for the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT.

ENDING FOR BEGINNERS – Pop-up Institute „unlearninglearning“

Date: Day 1 – 12:30
Location: Neufert-Mansion, Gelmeroda
Language: German + English

In the 20th century, being avant-garde also always implied: becoming a master of unlearning. Where nothing should stay the old same, one has to, above all, get oneself out of the routine to continue doing things as before. Avant-garde deprogramming fiercely attacked false habits with forgetting, repressing, annihilating, tabula rasa… Unlearning was supposed to mean: making a clear cut and separating once and for all. For the Digital Bauhaus Summit in Weimar Martin Kiel and Stephan Porombka think about more contemporary forms of unlearning But they do not do this by trying to find a general framework for the practice of deprogramming. Rather, with their pop-up institute they programmatically deal with individual cases. Whoever wants to unlearn something, will enter into a research dialogue aimed at developing new exercises und narratives of one’s own learning.

Under the patronage of

Deutsche UNESCO Kommission

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