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»The camera is my »exosomatic extension‹.«
»The camera is my »exosomatic extension‹.«

Gertrud Koch, Michael Lüthy, ...

A Walk With Allan Sekula Through His Exhibition

Gertrud Koch: We would like to start by discussing the different narrative forms you have chosen for the titles of your series, like »story«, »fable« or »tale«: how would you differentiate between stories and fables, and what autobiographical narratives are involved here? Is it a kind of metanarrative, is it a composing of different narrative moments?
   Allan Sekula: Very often my titling a particular work has an idiomatic logic: Fish Story has a vernacular resonance, particularly in American English where a...
  • photography
  • memory
  • fiction
  • exhibition
  • Allan Sekula
News + Events

Storming of the Winter Palace: History as Theater

23.09.2017 – 25.10.2017

Gessnerallee Zürich
Gessnerallee 8
8001 Zürich

Sergei Eisenstein: The Anthropology of Rhythm

19.09.2017 – 19.01.2018

Nomas Foundation
Viale Somalia 33
01199 Rom

Sounds of Resistance: Straub/Huillet/Schoenberg

07.10.2017 – 14.10.2017

Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin

Straub/Huillet: Tell it to the Stones

13.09.2017 – 19.11.2017

Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin

Anthropocene Lecture: Bruno Latour

29.09.2017, 19:00

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin


  • Color and meaning

    Color and meaning

    Who is afraid of Red, Yellow, Blue…?

    • monochrome
    • color
    • image and imagery
    • semiotics and semiology
    • chromatics / colour science
  • Autofiction—Metafiction


    • memory
    • fiction
    • autobiography
    • Theory of fiction
    • autofiction
  • Wissen-Nicht-Wissen


    • ignorance and non-knowledge
    • poetology of knowledge
    • epistemology
    • idleness
    • poetics
    • experiment
    • potentiality
    • literary studies
    • astonishment
    • history of knowledge
Current Texts

Gail L. Geiger

Alternative approaches to a famous fresco painting

The Presentation is one of the most stunning paintings to have emerged from the restorations of the San Marco fresco cycle.

Fra Angelico created a traditional Presentation with respect to its depiction of Mary and Joseph presenting Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem at the time of Mary’s postpartum purification in accordance with Mosaic law. They stand on a platform before a simple, flaming altar set off by a shell niche, which although damaged, retains the classical simplicity that Michelozzo’s architecture for the convent inspired in Fra Angelico’s paintings. Mary has given the swaddled child to Simeon, the elderly Jew identified as the high priest who blessed Jesus as the new Messiah.

To complete the scene, however, Fra Angelico included two additional figures on a ledge below the biblical event just within the border of the foreground plane. To the left, the Dominican Saint Peter Martyr kneels at an angle facing into...

  • iconography
  • gender
  • fresco painting
  • Fra Angelico
  • Florence
Current Texts

Tim Ingold

A rock is a rock is a rock.

As an anthropologist and an academic, I am incapable of doing anything with my hands except write and play my cello. Having carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Lapland, however, I used to be able to manage a herd of reindeer – though maybe not any more. Because of the nature of this fieldwork, I became steeped in the traditions of ecological anthropology – that is, in the study of the relationships between human beings and their environments, including everything that makes life possible. But I was also interested in the study of what is nowadays called material culture. At one time, ecological anthropology and the study of material culture were so closely joined as to be virtually indistinguishable. But not any more. Indeed it seems that in recent years, students of ecological anthropology and students of material culture have been talking increasingly past one another. This is very odd, given...

  • material aesthetics
  • thing/thingness
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • anthropology
  • Gilbert Simondon


Media and Mathematics of Dynamic Networks
Media and Mathematics of Dynamic Networks

Tobias Harks (ed.), Sebastian Vehlken (ed.)

Neighborhood Technologies

Whether our contemporary society and culture may be characterized by a mere preoccupation with concepts of space or a predominant fixation on the dynamics of time – with the speculative power of world-wide financial markets and their respective financial tools (e.g., micro-trading) and the increasing penetration of scientific research by computational tools like computer simulations and their implications for a futurologic governmental style (e.g., in fields like climate research or pre-emption) as only two protruding pillars: The time-critical dynamics of...
  • biology
  • modeling
  • algorithms
  • media technique
  • mathematics
Current Texts

Randy Martin

Toward a Social Logic of the Derivative

The moral panic directed by re-energized conservatives at idle (but really idled) youth would cast a broad net of guilt over errant culture – whether that is screen or stage, digital monomania or excessive streetlife. But we could see in these decentered movement practices derivative cousins of moshing, mashing and mixing, as well as in alternate artistic practices of collectives and collaboratories, images for self-production, self-representation and self-dissemination.

The past forty years in which finance emerged from one ruined ground to plough through yet another have re-oriented some senses by which what can be done, what is available for doing, and what wealth exists for have been subject to particular regimes of evaluation. Derivatives came to stand for vast aggregates of wealth unmoored from any particular purpose. The imperial power which has historically underwritten financial sovereignty has also morphed into a kind of discretionary intervention, easy to enter but difficult to sustain...

  • community
  • financial crisis
  • risk
  • politics
  • performativity
Current Texts

Thomas Hirschhorn

What do I want? What does the other want?

I understand art as a tool to encounter the world. I understand art as a tool to confront reality. And I understand art as a tool to live within the time in which I am living. I always ask myself: Does my work have the ability to generate an event? Can I encounter someone with my work? Am I – through my work – trying to touch something? Can something – through my work – be touched? Doing art politically means considering the work that I am doing today – in my milieu, in my history – as a work which aims to reach out of my milieu – beyond my history. I want – in and through my life – to address and confront universal concerns. Therefore I must work with what surrounds me, with what I know and with what affects me. I must not give in to...

  • criticism
  • commitment
  • contemporary art
  • subjectivity