culture science, media theory,
art-based-research


professor (UAS),
senior lecturer,
senior researcher


Current

lectures (upcoming)

Against Immorality,
ISSEI's 16th Conference, University of Zaragoza, Spain


Aesthetics between philosphy and the humanities,
ICA 21th Congress of Aesthetics, University of Belgrade, Serbia




Das Immoralische

Moral against immoral big cinema from the beginning. We turned to one and wished death to the other. But: those who are said live longer. The moral existence as mortal, while the immoral seemed to lease eternal life. Speechless, we stopped talking about the immoral, and over time we forgot the difference between the immoral and the moral. Then a suspicion aroused us: talking about the immoral would make this mortal. Fair play, equality of arms, that was our idea. But where to find the immoral? It acts in secret, it sneaks, nests itself. To be without showing presence is his specialty. The quiet sole, that is his access. We pick up the track. We spend the night sleeping and sneaking where we can practice the trappings and shackles of language.

book - Rupertus Buchhandlung

Michael Manfé (*1967, Mittersill) is a media and cultural scientist, author and professor. Since 2007 he has been Senior Lecturer in Media Theory, Culture Theory and Research Methods at FH Salzburg in the study program MultiMediaArt. As part of his research, he invites international and renowned guests to lectures and conferences. In addition, since 2016 teaching at the HTL Salzburg (Graphics & Media).


research focus
Cultural Theory, Media Theory, Aesthetics, Art-Based Research (Artistic Research), Media- and identity constructions

Michael Manfé im Seminarraum während einer Vorlesung (Foto © Jürgen Muster 2019)



In addition to his scientific work, he is also active in sports and sports education. So he passed the diploma in sports teacher training (1990) with a focus on teaching, athletics, water jumping and football. He also completed the State Ski Instructor Examination (1992) in St. Anton am Arlberg. His active winter sports lessons took him from Mittersill to Falls Creek (Australia).

Curriculum Vitae


Studied communication science, political science and education in Salzburg and Vienna. PhD (2004) at the University of Vienna about the Phenomenon of otakism.

scientific career

research focus

  • aesthetics
  • Art-based research (artistic research)
  • media- and identity constructions

awards

  • Dr. Erhard Busek Würdigungspreis für Interkulturellen Austausch
    installation in public space, Salzburg / Sarajevo (2015, with J. Stadon and T. Grundnigg)

academic committees and functions

lectures (selection)

  • Against Immorality, ISSEI's 16th Conference, University of Zaragoza, Spain (upcoming)
  • Aesthetics between philosphy and the humanities, ICA 21th Congress of Aesthetics, University of Belgrade, Serbia (upcoming)
  • to the complete list

invited guest speakers

  • 2018: Marc Stickler [1]
  • 2018: Ilija Trojanow [1]
  • 2018: Isabella Pasqualini [1]
  • 2018: Erik Vogt [1]
  • 2018: Christian Wachter [1]
  • 2018: Ulrich Bröckling [1]
  • 2018: Peter Arp, Ado Hasanović [1]
  • 2017: Marion Kalter [1]
  • 2017: Erik Vogt [1]
  • 2017: Franz Billmayer [1]
  • 2017: Stephan Wegenkittl [1]
  • 2017: Matthias Tratz [1]
  • 2017: Christian Felber [1]
  • 2016: Gerhard Unterthurner, Erik Vogt [1]
  • 2016: Georg Larsen, Kasper Vedsmand [1]
  • 2015: Erik Vogt [1]
  • 2015: Günther Sandner [1]
  • 2015: Heiner Mühlmann [1]
  • 2015: Klaus Werner-Lobo
  • 2014: Erik Vogt [1]
  • 2011: Christian Felber
  • [1] togehter with Thomas Grundnigg

teaching at FH Salzburg

  • Visual Culture / Semiotics
  • Aesthetics
  • media theory, mediology
  • culture theory

supervised master theses (selection)

  • Zwerschina, Christian (2018): Unbequem
  • Perl, Michael (2018): Iteration, Rekursion, Spiegel
  • Wartha, Alexandra (2018): Entfremdung in der Netzwerkgesellschaft
  • Schmidt, Paolo (2018): Über die Zeit zu Denken
  • Gerstgrasser, Lucas (2018): Le Saboteur
  • u.v.m.

Art-based-research


The experiences within a study program in the design, film, audio and graphics sector (MultiMediaArt) offer a versatile potential for exchange. This results not only in empirical research, but also in numerous possibilities for artistic research.

Supervised Projects


As head of department for theory, communication and related sciences many projects, from the most diverse fields of film, art, graphic design, exhibitions, installations, 3D animations, audio installations, VR installations to computer games are supervised by me. The questions adress content and conceptual application issues. It is also discussed how references to theories can be put into practice or integrated in projects.

supervised works (selection)

  • RHZM Kunstfestival, Austellung und Festival
  • fünfzigzwanzig, Ausstellung
  • Zwerschina, Christian: IF, Yves
  • Glorifizierung des Banalen, Publikation und Austellung
  • Zeit ist Held, Austellung
  • Performance Sound Festival, Austellung und Symposium

publications (Ed. / monograph)

Das Immoralische (2017)

Moral versus Immoral - great cinema from the beginning. We turned to one and wished death to the other. But: those who are dead live longer. The moral was mortal, while the immoral seemed to lease eternal life. Speechless, we stopped talking about the immoral, and over time we forgot the difference between the immoral and the moral Then a suspicion aroused us: talking about the immoral would make this mortal. Fair play, equality of arms, that was our idea. But where to find the immoral? It acts in secret, it sneaks, nests itself. Being there without showing presence is his specialty. The quiet sole, the stolen look, that's his approach. We took the track. We adopted his attitude of "sneaking" and "sneaking" - exposing the traps and shackles of the language wherever we could and continuing to write at the big cinema: moral versus immoral.

ISBN: 978-3869380919, Avinus Verlag

Ohnmacht (2016)

The unconscious man is the man pressed into a corner of life and driven. The powerless man is degraded to the thing, to the machine, to the machine, which has pulled the plug to life in the full sense of the word. The powerless person is trapped in strategies of loneliness. His actions are suggested from the outside and no longer take place voluntarily. The powerless man can no longer be a creator but only a destroyer. The fainted prisoners are incapable of fulfilling devotion. They are deprived of the ability to give themselves positive power. The unconscious person is thus isolated from himself and isolated from his relationships with others and with his environment.
Are there escape routes from the labyrinth of powerlessness? It may be in vogue to subject the powerless to self-indulgence, but this is also an untenable attribution. The present texts encircle the topic of powerlessness, release vital zones and thus work against the paralyzing vibrations.

ISBN: 978-3869380803, Avnius Verlag

Revolutionen des Gewissens (2015)

An unexpected revolution quietly announces its beginning, so the optimistic hope. It finds its end in the revitalization of the conscience, which has found its counter-arguments and announces itself by means of a silent eccentricity. Surprising, maybe a little late, but at least. Now it is aiming to return to its well-deserved place and trying on the stage of everyday life to take a lead role in irresistibly captivating the audience and ushering in an era full of humane visions. The various essays break the silence of the conscience, shake hands with it and help it in its search for a suitable language. The conscience is constantly welcomed in the center of the field of consciousness. From there, it can prompt the ego and create great things, as the child wisely takes on his role.

mit Beiträgen: Michael Manfé, Tania Hölzl, Corinna Antelmann, Felix Kramer, Wolfgang Machreich, Laurenz Flir
ISBN: 978-3869380759, Avinus Verlag

Kunst und Methode (2013)

Art and scientific research are inseparable and fatefully bound together. It is necessary to make this bondage productive, to shape it and to accept that in the beginning there is always suffering (Houellebecq). If rich methodologies such as hermeneutics, actor-network theory, phenomenology and mediology are not (re) harnessed and art and its protagonists are denied their contributions to scientific research, then suffering will never end. The best discourses move confidently between the disciplines and play both the mobility and what lies in between, an equally important role. Counting up to three has become difficult. Responsible for this is the centuries-long dominance of a binary culture. But now we live in the 21st century - it's time to learn three counts: art, science, method. The present text tirelessly links these three concepts, constantly venturing a glance at the number four to produce something very simple: a fluctuation of knowledge.

ISBN: 978-3869380469, Avinus Verlag

Otakismus. Mediale Subkultur und neue Lebensform – eine Spurensuche (2005)

The ability to create new media realities is changing human social relationships. Self inclusion and refusal of participation become a strategy for coping with life. Masters of this increasingly observable form of life in Japan are obsessive-schizophrenic media users - called Otakus. For the first time there is now a German-language monograph on Otakism. By changing the perspective within the study, negative connotations are revealed and outdated perspectives are left. Because - so the credo of the author - media techniques not only alienate their users, but are also a condition for freedom.

ISBN: 978-3899423136, transcript Verlag

articles (selection)

2016

Ästhetisch-politische Lektüren zum Fall Wagner
Rezension zu Erik M. Vogt (PDF), Turia + Kant

Ohnmacht, Avinus Verlag

2015

Revolutionen des Gewissens, Avinus Verlag

Die Ungewissheit des Ortes, Prolog, disposed Projekt

2013

Kunst und Methode, Für eine positive Unbestimmtheit, Avinus Verlag

2010

Der Tiefseekrake als Meister der Subversion (PDF),
In: Fraueneder, Hilde / Stiletto, Gianni (Hg.):
was tun. figuren des protests. Taktiken des widerstands. Salzburg: müry salzmann, S. 96-105.

2009

Das Lächeln der Mutter auf den Lippen der Tochter (PDF), Rezension

Medienkunst - Hörspiel - digitale Kultur
artmix. Gespräch im Bayerischen Rundfunk

Wien im Bild. Fotobildbände des 20. Jahrhunderts (PDF), Rezension

2007

Intermedialität. Positionen und Facetten, Hg. Medien Journal 4/2007

Das Leiden der Idioten, Text zum Ausstellungskatalog.

2006

Marion Kalter (Hg.): Pierre Boulez, Einleitung und Übersetzung

Otaku allein Zuhaus, Phänomen des Hikikomori
Interview in Gehirn und Geist (Juni 2006)

2005

draht, dratlos, online, review

Otakismus, Mediale Subkultur und neue Lebensform – eine Spurensuche, Transcript Verlag

2004

Mediologie. Vom Ende der Kommunikation, review

Medien | Transformationen. Technik und Theoriekompetenz,
MitHg. Medien Journal 1/2004

Vom Öffnen der Blackbox, In: Medien Journal 1/2004. S. 47-55

Das Netz als Ideologie, Rezension

2002

Der Grafiker als Demiurg, In: Hartmann, Frank / Bauer, Erwin (2002):
Bildersprache. Otto Neurath Visualisierung (S.152-153)

2001

Die KindFrau, review

press

2019

Analysis of the election posters, Salzburg council election, ORF, Salzburg heute (21.02)

2018
2017
2014
2011

white noise Festival, Kulturpavillion am Mozartplatz Salzburg

2007


lectures (selection)

2019

Against Immorality, ISSEI's 16th Conference, University of Zaragoza, Spain (upcoming)

Aesthetics between philosphy and the humanities, ICA 21th Congress of Aesthetics, University of Belgrade, Serbia (upcoming)

2018
2017

Undefined Articels - Talk mit Eva Fischer,
Performing Sound Symposium, Galerie 5020

Die Welt der Ignoranz ist die des Verhängnisses,
Symposium Ethik und Nachhaltigkeit

2016
2014

Erhard Busek Würdigungspreis, Projektbeschreibung

Kunst Wissenschaft Methode, Kunstuniversität Linz, MKKT und Zeitbasierte Medien

2012

Freiheit und Individualität - lustvolle mediale Begierde, FH Salzburg

2011

(Neue) mediale Lebensformen, White Noise Festival,
Kunstpavillion, mit Fabian Schwollow, Simon Zehentner

Kunst als Kulturkritik, White Noise Festival,
Kunstpavillion, mit Gianni Stiletto

2010
2009

Otakismus und Medienwirklichkeiten - eine transkontinentale Spurensuche,
deutsch-japanischen Gesellschaft Düsseldorf

openings and moderation (selection)

2017

disposed, Vernissage und Ausstellung, Saline Hallein

2014

Schöne neue digitale Welt, Vernissage, Saline Hallein

2013

Glorifizierung des Banalen, Schmiede Hallein

2012

Kunst Performance - media arts, Galerie 5020

contact

for questions, messages or cooperations.

address

Dr. Michael Manfé
5020 Salzburg
Austria

briefkasten [at] manfe [dot] net
www.manfe.net


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