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Scripted Culture: Book launch

12.04.2018, 18:00

ESPACE DIAPHANES
Dresdener Str. 118
10999 Berlin
Deutschland

The Storming of the Winter Palace
The Forensics of an Image

24.11.2017 – 08.04.2018

HMKV im Dortmunder U
Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse
44137 Dortmund
Deutschland

VU DE L' EXTÉRIEUR – Edition #1
Lucrecia Dalt & Jan Jelinek

23.02.2018, 21:00

ESPACE DIAPHANES
Dresdener Str. 118
10999 Berlin
Deutschland

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Mama Say Make I Dey Go, She Dey My Back

Jelili Atiku, Damian Christinger

Mama Say Make I Dey Go, She Dey My Back

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Kerstin Stakemeier (ed.), Susanne Witzgall (ed.)

The Present of the Future

In the light of climate change, the incessant overexploitation of the earth, increasing societal divisions and military conflicts, catastrophic demographic developments and growing economic inequalities around the world, a future that is not exactly rosy is looming on the horizon. For many of us, the future can often only be perceived in a negative way, or is hidden through daily displacement strategies, whilst futurologists commissioned by the economic and political worlds continually create plans for scenarios and prognoses, which allows...
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Humanity is a metahuman concept.

Rolf Bossart, Milo Rau

Humanity is a metahuman concept.

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« Ce libre droit du temps à disposer de lui-même doit être reconnu au même titre que celui des peuples. »
« Ce libre droit du temps à disposer de lui-même doit être reconnu au même titre que celui des peuples. »

Alexander Kluge, Gerhard Richter

Futur antérieure

Ce que révèle mon histoire, l’histoire d’un être humain et vivant, n’est pas le PASSÉ RÉVOLU (ce qui fut, parce que ce n’est plus), ce n’est pas non plus le passé composé de ce qui a été et perdure dans ce que je suis mais l’AUTRE de ce que j’ai été pour ce que je suis en passe de devenir. – Si je vous comprends bien, c’est du deuil de « ce que je suis en train de devenir » qu’il s’agit. Je...
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Ann Cotten

The last philosopher. The zen-queen.

– In what way are you a communist – since we need to define this: someone who is convinced that a totally different form of organization of communal life would be good for the human race, –

 

– Isn’t that equally true of monarchists and leaders of sects?

 

– ...with a focus on justice.

 

– but the people should behave differently, right?

 

– They should be totally different.

 

– Are you not simply a misanthropist?

 

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– No, because there are people that I like, very much even. And I understand all the less why most people feel compelled to be so nasty.

 

– Most people don’t seem to be quite as bothered by this as you are.

 

– Oh really? In my perception, most people are pretty bothered by anything that is different than themselves. That is why we need rules that define how to behave toward people we can’t stand.

 

– You have just been suffering in a...

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An immodest proposal
An immodest proposal

Stephen Barber

A War of Fragments: World Versus America

J.G. Ballard’s self-declared ‘Immodest Proposal’ for a global war-­alliance to exact the destruction of America demonstrates the provocatory zeal of his last fiction plans, as well as their enduring prescience. As Ballard emphasises several times in the World Versus America notebooks, he is utterly serious in his concerns and visions. Although the Ballard ­estate declined permission for any images of pages from the World Versus America archival notebooks to accompany this essay, any member of the general public interested to do...
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Discourse

Elisabeth Bronfen

Marking the passage from misfortune to good luck

An even more strikingly risky moment, which for Don anticipates both a personal and a professional crisis, occurs at the open door of an elevator in the fifth season. After Megan has confessed to him that she wants to stop working at the agency so as to fully concentrate on her acting career, he accompanies her to the elevator, where he takes leave of her by demonstratively giving her a passionate kiss before the door closes. Then, as though this were an afterthought, he once more presses the button. Although, almost immediately, the doors of the elevator next to the one that Megan just stepped into begin to open, he suspects that something is wrong. Standing on the threshold of the opening, he finds himself looking down into the dark abyss of the empty elevator shaft. More astonished than alarmed, he steps back. Then the doors close again. The concrete...

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Digital disrupture
Digital disrupture

Dieter Mersch

Digital Criticism

We really need an analysis of algorithmic conditions and their paradoxes and ambiguities that gives them an adequate framework and horizon. But instead we currently seem to be finding an algorithmic solution of the algorithmic, much as digital solutions are being offered for the problems of the digital public sphere, in the way that IT corporations, for example, use exclusively mathematical procedures to evaluate and delete “fake news,” inappropriate portrayals, or the violation of personal rights. This tends to result...
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Humanities

Susanne Witzgall

Can we be too fragile for real contact?

Kerstin Stakemeier: I would love to start by taking up what Claire was saying about the figure of the intruder and about intrusion and asking how you, Okwui and Sarah would respond to that, how you would reflect it back on to both of your contributions.

 

Okwui Enwezor: I think the encapsulation of this discussion in terms of the relationship between the intruder and hospitality is so perfect and apt because it is only in that context that the question of an unsettling disturbance arises. I think that intrusion has a force to it – a force that also provokes recognition and I think it is in that space of recognition that the debates about fragility can really happen. And I am very grateful that you brought this up, Claire. Of course, in my text there is a longer passage about Derrida, about hospitality, which relates precisely to this. I want...

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