Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski, Daniel Irrgang
Variantology

The approach of Variantology, being universal and heterogeneous, artistically and scientific at the same time is developing through the concept of a deep time of the media. Relations between Arts, Sciences and Technologies need to be discussed with open concepts. As a genealogical perspective on historical singularities in a Foucauldian sense, the media-archaeological research of Variantology offers an opposition to a classical euro-centristic view in order to expand the media-discourse beyond the restrictions of the idea of a European modernity as origin of media-paradigms. The concept of deep time in the variantological relations between the Arts, Sciences and Technologies contains namely special attitude towards the past. It is less interested in regarding to something what is allegedly effective. We are more curious about what could have been also possible. If I want to take pleasure in the future options I also have to confess the multiple and the contingency of the past. The Variantology project is completed with the publication of the fifth volume, the help and support of more than 60 scientists and artists and the economy of friendship. But the variantologist work is not ended with these, the presentation and the discussion about the project in the framework of the Techno-Ecologies ought to be more an invitation to re-think of the local diverse deep times and therefore to open the space of possibility from the past into the future.

Siegfried Zielinski – Founding Rector of the Academy of Arts and the Media in Cologne; chair for media theory/archaeology and variantology of the media at Berlin University of the Arts; Michel-Foucault-professor for techno-aesthetics and media archaeology at the European Graduate School Saas Fee; director of the Vilém_Flusser_Archive in Berlin. He published numerous books and essays with focus on theory and archaeology of the arts & the media.

Daniel Irrgang is a postgraduate (MA) at the Berlin University of Arts (UdK) and research assistant for the project Archaeology/Variantology of the Media at the UdK. In 2009 he completed his studies in Communication for Business and Society. In 2006 he co-founded the communication agency agenturfuerkrankemedien (AFKM). His research is focused on the epistemological and philosophical implications of data visualisation.