Vanitas Reloaded: a Remote Tableau Composition from the Corona “Home Wunderkammer”


Susanne Junker 

Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin

Berlin, Germany

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INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology, Issue 5, 2020

Main Theme of the Issue: Art, Music and Technology in the Time of Global Crisis

Publisher: INSAM Institute for Contemporary Artistic Music, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Abstract: Visuals – images – are a globally understandable exchange and copyable transmission of information. “O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space,” Hamlet noticed. We also use our Coronavirus home office for experimental journeys in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. As in the 15th / 16th / 17th Century, worlds far away from us were discovered, and we embark on digital adventures that are temporary, simultaneous, synchronous, asynchronous, independent of location. We decided to work with digital photography as a visual method for mainly two reasons. First, taking photos can be done relatively easy during a shut down in the home office. We can train creativity and visual perception without being in a university's studio. Second, photographs can be analyzed and compared with paintings and therefore criticized by their motifs, aesthetic representation, and within their time frame. Our visual souvenirs are photographs and videos in the mirror of illusion, immersion, and imagination.

Keywords: : visual arts, relocated design process, baroque as contemporary, Corona shut down, digital communication, home office


6. INSAM Journal 5, Susanne Junker


ISSN 2637 – 1898

COBISS.BH-ID 26698502

UDC 78:792

On the cover: Franziska Rittiger, Vanitas reloaded, 2020.

Design and layout: Milan Šuput, Bojana Radovanović


The Journal is indexed in: CEEOL – Central and Eastern European Online Library RILM – Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

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