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.

Talk: Learning from Learning from Las Vegas. A Deadpan Tour on the Endless Strip of the Contemporary

Conference: The Low End Theory
Date: Day 2 – 15:30
Location: E-Werk Kesselsaal, Gelmeroda
Language: German

Martin Kiel and Stephan Porombka set out to learn from the cult classic "Learning from Las Vegas". For both of them this book by architects Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, published in 1972, is not only a still relevant attempt at a solution. Even today there are still surprising hints on how to deal with the tension between high & low. Kiel and Porombka therefore read "Learning from Las Vegas" as a learning and exercise book which allows to experiment with the complex confusion of the present. With curiosity for the other. With increased intellectuality. With pleasure deriving from one’s own productivity. But above all with the necessary wit and humor. In order to explain this "learning from" as a program for the art of living, Martin Kiel is currently on his way to Las Vegas with a research group. From there he will supplement the exercise proposals presented by Stephan Porombka at the Digital Bauhaus Summit in Weimar with exclusive live reports.

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