Powerpoint and the Performance of Knowledge
Institute of Sociology TU Berlin Berlin, Germany
Powerpoint has not only been transforming the way how lectures are held; this new genre of knowledge transmission has been dissimeminated into every area of modern culture. In this paper I will present videographic analyses of power-point presentations. On the basis of video recordings of some two hundred presentations I will try to show that powerpoint is not to be considered as a simplification of information, but rather as a kind of transformation of knowledge transmission that is best accounted for by the notion of hybrid performance. Various aspects of this transformation will be considered, such as visualisation spatialisation and performance.