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Susanne Witzgall: New Materialists in Contemporary Art
New Materialists in Contemporary Art
(p. 127 – 140)

Susanne Witzgall

New Materialists in Contemporary Art

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  • material aesthetics
  • anthropology
  • thing/thingness
  • materiality
  • speculative realism
  • materialist turn

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Susanne Witzgall

holds a PhD in art history and is head of the cx centre of interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich funded by the BMBF. From 2003 to 2011 she was an assistant professor at the Department for Art History at the same institution. From 1995 to 2002 Witzgall worked as a curator for the Deutsches Museum Bonn and the Deutsches Museum, Munich. She has curated and co-curated several exhibitions among them Art & Brain II (1997/98), The Other Face (2002), Say It Isn’t So (2007) and (Re)Designing Nature (2010/1) and is the editor and author of numerous books and articles on contemporary art and art and science.

Other texts by Susanne Witzgall for DIAPHANES
Kerstin Stakemeier (ed.), Susanne Witzgall (ed.): Power of Material – Politics of Materiality

In the last years a new focus on material phenomena has become increasingly oberservable in the arts and sciences. Most diverse disciplines are stressing the momentum and the agency of matter, material and things and underline their status as agents within the web of relationships of culture and nature. The book "Power of Material / Politics of Materiality“ deepens this current discourse and for the time brings materialist tendencies within the arts, design and architecture into a direct dialogue with a range of scientific approaches from a "New Materialism“ within the humanities and social sciences.

 

This publication is the result of the first year of program at the newly established cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.

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