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»Wenn wir über Magie sprechen, denke ich an eine Art neurologische Nano-Besssenheit
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Jussi Parikka, Jeremy Wade, Susanne Witzgall

»Wenn wir über Magie sprechen, denke ich an eine Art neurologische Nano-Besssenheit

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Jussi Parikka

is a professor of technological culture and aesthetics at the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton). His publications have addressed a variety of topics relevant to a critical understanding of network culture and the aesthetics and media archaeology of the digital, including the media-ecology trilogy Digital Contagions (2007, 2nd updated edition 2016), Insect Media and most recently, A Geology of Media (2010 and 2015 repectively), which addresses the environmental waste load of technical media culture. In addition, Parikka has published What is Media Archaeology (2012) and edited various books, including Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History (2015, with Joasia Krysa) on the Finnish media-art pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi. http://

Jeremy Wade

is a performer, performance maker, curator and teacher. After graduating from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and receiving a Bessie Award for his first evening length performance Glory at the Dance Theater Workshop in New York City in 2006, he moved to Berlin and has worked in close collaboration with the HAU Hebbel am Ufer since then. Wade recently created Fountain, Together Forever, Death Asshole Rave Video and DrawnOnward, exploring the death of man, zombie subjectivity, strange modes of being and affective relationality to undermine the social codes that define and oppress our bodies. In combination with a rigorous teaching practice, Wade’s inclination to subversion extends towards the curation, production and subsequent hosting of ecstatic events, series, festivals and symposia, such as Politics of Ecstasy (2009), Creature Feature (2009–11), The Great Big Togetherness (2015) and recently Take Care (2017), a symposium at HAU in the framework of the NO LIMITS Internationales Theaterfestival Berlin based on the relational ethics and critical use of care that disability culture demands. In 2017/18 Wade will direct a three-part performance project addressing care as a polit- ical methodology comprised of The Battlefield Nurse (a drag lecture performance investigating the structures vs. symptoms that are makingus sick), The Future Clinic for Critical Care (a world-making forum dedicated to art, activism and social work) and Between Sirens, a new trio processing the political imagination of systemic support.

Susanne Witzgall

has been the academic head of the BMBF-funded cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich since 2011. She studied art history, theatre studies, psychology and art pedagogy at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and the University of Stuttgart, where she received her doctorate in 2001. From 2003 to 2011 she taught in the department of art history at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. She has worked as a freelance curator, and was a curator at the Deutsches Museum Bonn and the Deutsches Museum München from 1995 to 2002. Susanne Witzgall curated or cocurated Art & Brain II (1997/1998), Das zweite Gesicht/The Other Face (2002), Say it isn’t so (2007), (Re)designing nature (2010/2011) and other exhibitions, and is the author and editor of numerous books and essays on contemporary art, the relationship between art and science, and subjects of current interdisciplinary debates. These include her monograph Kunst nach der Wissenschaft (Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2003) as well as the publications New Mobility Regimes in Art and Social Sciences (ed. with Gerlinde Vogl and Sven Kesselring, Ashgate, 2013), Power of Material/Politics of Materiality, Fragile Identities, The Present of the Future (all three ed. with Kerstin Stakemeier, diaphanes, 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively) and Real Magic (2018). Since 2019 she is member of the advisory board of the Piet Zwart Institute/Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam as well as of the Institute of Modern Art Nuremberg.

Other texts by Susanne Witzgall for DIAPHANES
Susanne Witzgall (ed.): Reale Magie

Susanne Witzgall (ed.)

Reale Magie

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Gerade in den westlichen Gesellschaften lässt sich derzeit ein erneutes und sehr lebendiges Interesse an magischen Prak­tiken und okkultem Wissen beobachten. Das Magische und Okkulte scheint sich derzeit nicht nur zu einem gesamt­gesellschaftlichen Populärphänomen zu entwickeln, sondern wird auch im akademisch-wissenschaftlichen Bereich intensiv diskutiert. Das Buch »Reale Magie« untersucht die gegenwärtige Realität des Magischen und die Wiederentdeckung von Magie und Okkultismus in den Künsten, den Wissenschaften und der Alltagskultur. Es fragt nach den aktuellen westlichen Residuen und Praxisformen von Magie, nach möglichen Potentialen magischen Denkens in einer weitgehend von ökonomisierter Zweckrationalität bestimmten Welt, aber auch nach den Kehr­seiten des Okkulten.

Mit Beiträgen von: Carl Abrahamsson, Melanie Bonajo, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Mariechen Danz, Demdike Stare (Miles Whittaker und Sean Chanty), Karianne Fogelberg, Susan Greenwood, Christoph Keller, Marietta Kesting, Verena Kuni, Annika Lundgren, Kadri Mälk, Jussi Parikka, Marco Pasi, Kerstin Stakemeier, Michael Taussig, Jeremy Wade, Susanne Witzgall.