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Susanne Witzgall: Invocations of Matter – Contemporary Art and New Materialism as a Magical Diagram
Invocations of Matter – Contemporary Art and New Materialism as a Magical Diagram
(p. 153 – 168)

Susanne Witzgall

Invocations of Matter – Contemporary Art and New Materialism as a Magical Diagram

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  • spiritism
  • ritual
  • occultism
  • contemporary art

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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
Susanne Witzgall (ed.): Real Magic

In Western societies a newly discovered and very lively interest in magical practices and occult knowledge can be witnessed. The magical seems to be evolving into a popular phenomenon that affects society as a whole and is also becoming the subject of intense debate in artistic and academic-scientific contexts. The book Real Magic investigates the current realities of the magical in the contemporary arts, sciences and everyday culture. It explores the present Western residues and forms of magical practices, the current potentials of magical perception and thinking in a world largely determined by financialised instrumental reason, and also the drawbacks of occultism. The publication is the result of the fourth annual programme of the cx centre of interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.

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