Image Operations in the Security Zone. A one-day symposium

Frankfurt am Main
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main 9:00-18:00, Eisenhower Saal, IG Farben building
Graduiertenkolleg "Konfigurationen des Films", Goethe Universität Frankfurt
Agnes Fink

Bringing together a variety of perspectives, this symposium is set to inquire into the role of imaging techniques in operations related to security: optimization, regulation, surveillance, military defense and targeting. Imaging technologies are based on the logic of enhancement, applied to both the mechanical and human, creating a feedback loop of lethal machines, opto- sensorial systems and social formations of danger and safety. Image Operations in the Security Zone thus seeks to demarcate an omnipresent ontological condition: to be secured. That is, to remain in a demarcated time and space where people and things are calm, regulated, predictable, under control. At the same time, other bodies are marked as unstable and threatening, engraved into clandestine scenarios in the security zone.

CAREN KAPLAN, Professor of American Studies, UC Davis
DONATO MONTANARI, Co-Funder & CEO Deevio GmbH, Berlin
NOAM GOLDWAY, Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University
YANA THONNES, Artistic Director of THE AGENCY

organizers: Antoine Prevost-Balga, Philipp Röding and Laliv Melamed

Funders: DFG; FzHG; Freunde und Förderer der Goethe Universtat; Stiftung zur Förderung der Internationalen Beziehungen der JGU.

Organized as part of the mini-cluster Image Operations, the DFG research collective Configurations of Film. The event is open to the public.¬if_id=1559677222169374

Contacts: Laliv Melamed (melamed (at), Agnes Fink (Ag.Fink (at)

Feel free to circulate widely.

Dr. Laliv Melamed
Postdoc im Graduiertenkolleg „Konfigurationen des Films"
Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft
IG Farben Gebäude 6.354, Postfach 37
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
D-60323 Frankfurt am Main
+49 (0) 69 798 32713



9:00-10:00 - Opening remarks: Antoine Prevost-Balga, Philipp Röding and Laliv Melamed

10:00-10:30 - coffee break

10:30-12:00 - Caren Kaplan, Drones and the Image Complex: The Limits of Representation in the Era of Distance Warfare

12:00-13:30 - Lunch Break

13:30-14:30 - donato Montanari, Imaging technologies for a safer world: the perspective of an engineer

14:30-15:00 - coffee break

15:00-16:00 - Noam Goldway, Harness Your Mind: imaging Based Self-Neuromodulation to Treat Stress Related Disorder

16:00-16:30 - Coffee Break

16:30-17:30 - Yana Thönnes, The Agency

17:30-18:00 - final discussion.



Image Operations in the Security Zone. A one-day symposium, 19.06.2019 Frankfurt am Main, in: H-Soz-Kult, 12.06.2019, <>.
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