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Seriality
Aesthetics & Narration











About
Seriality is nothing new. Televison series and serials are based on a long tradtion of serality. Novels, radio shows, serials in cinema preceded our modern television serials. Besides several "Golden Ages of Televison" it is not too bold to say that we become or as some may say became witnesses of another Golden Age. The feuilletons are praising the American serials - even the German crtics are delighted by shows that are widly known as Quality Televison (Thombson 1996). Such serials are more complex than series. Horizontal narration dominates them. These shows are similar to more established cultural forms like complex novels - obviously this association tends to enhance the status of the well-praised products from its "bad" media. Television itself is often accused as being dump (for example Adorno) and of being a low-grade form of media. This is the reason why the quality tv term and its connotation have to be reviewd critically.
HBO´s famous claim seems to be an answer to the bad image of televison - quality serials are just not televison any more. But not only this most welcome and ingeniouse marketing strategies caused/cause the contemporary era of television serials, the needs of the audience and the way people are watching television changed and are about to change.
On demand and binge watching seem to encourage those who are thinking that television is going to die. That may be overhasty - new channels and products are still made to be watched in television.
New economic structures are one of the most important charateristics of modern serials. Pay tv and on demand services are abeting productions for smaller audiences. Audiences that were often not interested on television.
Anyway the quality term and the emphasis of some kind of break suggest that there have been some changes: Sound and image are now more important on televison (for example Caldwell 1995). But the narrative structures of the serial have become more complex, too.
Much different from the view on American serials is the criticisim on German serials. A long time the German feuilletons tend to write/say that the audience and the telvision creators are both not capable of complex television. A few examples of German serial production can prove the opposite. However the free tv structure of German television and the structure of public broadcasting are making it extremly difficult to create serials for small audiences.

Since 2012 Hahn is working towards his doctoral degree at the Bauhaus University - focussing on aestehtics and narration of television serials.
Publication

  • "Das ist das Ende - oder auch nicht:
    Über Ende und Nicht-Enden
    im Fernsehen und der Fernsehserie"
    in: Das andere Fernsehen
    2016

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  • "Sex. Lies. Storyboards.
    Die Geschichtenerzähler in Mad Men,
    The Hour und The Newsroom"
    in: Gegenwart in Serie
    2015

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    › order (publisher)


  • "The Miniseries"
    Living Handbook of Serial Narration
    Universität des Saarlands,
    2015


  • "Zwischen Stagnation und Progression:
    Die Miniserie."
    in: Quality-TV


    › more

    › order (Amazon)


  • Von Flow zu Flow
    Konvergenzen und (TV-)Serien
    Versuch eines historischen, technischen
    und ästhetischen Überblick
    in: Journal of Serial Narration IV/2013

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  • "Ich schaue kein Fernsehen,
    nur Qualitätsserien"
    Hintergründe eines kontroversen Begriffs
    und Beispiele qualitativer, serieller Produkte
    und Tendenzen aus Deutschland.
    in: Journal of Serial Narration II/2013

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Talks
& Workshops

& Course


  • "This is the end"
    oder eben auch nicht: Dystopie in Serie
    Bauhaus University Weimar, 2014/15, Faculty Media, Studiengang Medienkunst und Mediengestaltung (Master), Fachmodul.

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  • "All this has happened before ....:
    Über Enden und Nicht-Enden",
    Konferenz Quality TV:
    Zwischen Laudatio und
    in Memoriam,
    Universität des Saarlands,
    Saarbrücken 2014

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  • "Vom Storyboard zur Postproduktion"
    praxisorientierter Workshop,
    Konferenz Quality TV:
    Die narrative Spielwiese
    des 21. Jahrhundert?!,
    Universität des Saarlands,
    Saarbrücken 2013

    Konferenz Quality TV:
    Zwischen Laudatio und
    in Memoriam,
    Universität des Saarlands,
    Saarbrücken 2014

    › more


  • "Zwischen Stagnation und Progression:
    Miniserie und Event(-Programmierung)",
    Konferenz Quality TV:
    Die narrative Spielwiese
    des 21. Jahrhundert?!,
    Universität des Saarlands,
    Saarbrücken

    › more


Projects

  • "Habitat"
    Film/Serie: 16:9 (HD) und Fulldome (3k)
    running time: ca. 2x5 min., 2013