Music | Video | Spaces

Das Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft der Universität Zürich lädt ein zur internationalen und interdisziplinäre Tagung Music | Video | Spaces, 16.-17. April 2021 (Zoom)

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Music | Video | Spaces

Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft, Universität Zürich
16.-17. April 2021
Online (via Zoom)
Conference Description
The production and representation of space in film and (pop-)music has received increasing scholarly attention as of late. However, a surprising blank space appears at the most obvious intersection of these two fields of study: the music video. The conference jumps off from the observation that since their inception, music videos have been highly prolific and sensitive media of spatial imagination and production. Given this broad scope of recent and novel research in the field of music video studies, it is surprising that a systematic engagement with music video spaces bringing together scholarship on music videos with research on the nexus between music and urbanity, nature and landscape is still lacking. The conference aims at contributing to address this gap.

While the inglorious decline of music television sparked a debate on the apparent 'death' of the music video as popular art form, the skyrocketing importance of video sharing platforms and the decreasing production costs for digital filmmaking have made it abundantly clear that music videos are still very much alive and well. Being a fast-to-produce, easy-to-distribute and relatively low-cost medium, music videos are increasingly regarded as dynamic and sensitive inventories of contemporary visual and digital cultures.

Music videos conceive, depict and perform a variety of imaginary, communicative, social and cultural spaces and thus can contribute to sharpening our artistic and academic sensibilities and imaginations of the production of space. The conference welcomes scholars from all across Europe in order to further explore music videos' past and upcoming contributions to our understanding of space and our spatial sensibilities.

For registration, please send an e-mail to mvs[at]
Participation is free of charge.


Friday, 16 April 2021
9.30 – 10.00
Introduction by the hosts
10.00 - 11.00
Keynote 1
Mathias Bonde Korsgaard (Aarhus): Music Video's Hybrid Audiovisual Spaces
11.30 - 2.00
Panel 1: Urban Music Video Spaces | Vertical and horizontal
Antoine Gaudin (Paris): The Big City as a musico-visual phenomenon: aesthetic experience of urban space in contemporary music videos
Maximilian Jablonowski (Zurich): The city above and below: Drone vision and vertical music video spaces  
David Kerr (Birmingham): Representing the City: Singeli, music videos and informal settlements
Ross Cole (Cambridge): Vaporwave, Cyberspace, Junkspace
3.00 - 5.30
Panel 2: Music Video Time-Spaces | Atmospheres and Nostalgia
Tomáš Jirsa (Olomouc): Rotations, Inversions, Affects: Rethinking the Spatial Atmosphere with Music Videos
Bernhard Tschofen (Zurich): Contested Chronotopes? Claiming Nature, Past, and Belonging in Austropop Music Videos
Sebastian Dümling (Basel): Times//Spaces of intimacy. The staging of the past in current music video's nostalgia
Stefan Hartmann (Augsburg): Dérive: Space, Sublime, Beauty
Keynote 2
Tania Rossetto (Padua): Carto-Clips: Map-like Imagery in Music Videos 

Saturday, 17 April 2021
Keynote 3
Owen Hatherley (London): Socialism, Electoral Politics and 'Plastic Soul' in London, 1981-1987
Panel 3: Music Video Media | Artists and Audiences
John Richardson (Turku): Behind the Mirror, Under the Bed: exploring the homely and unhomely spaces of Billie Eilish’s music videos
Anna-Elena Pääkkölä (Turku): See What I Sing: Finnish Lyric Videos, Karaoke Aesthetics and Narrowing the Gap Between the Artist and Her Audience
Jonny Murray / Glyn Davis (Edinburgh): Pet Shop Window: Pet Shop Boys on Screen
Panel 4: Music Video Spatial Politics | Belongings and Protests
Alexa Altmann (Berlin): Desert (Be)Longings: Space-Bending, Identity Play and Sounds of Elsewhere in Contemporary Israeli Music Video
Janine Schemmer (Klagenfurt): Music video as mediatised protest: Pitura Freska's Venessia in afito
Johannes Springer (Osnabrück): The Spatial Politics of Pandemic Music Videos
Keynote 4
Zachary James Bresler / Stan Hawkins (Agder/Oslo): "A Swarm of Sound": Music Video, VR Immersion, and Björk's 'Family'
Closing remarks by the hosts


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