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The World of Matter
25. January 2014, mrossini | 0 Comments

World of Matter is multimedia project providing an open access archive on the global ecologies of resource exploitation and circulation. It comprises visual practitioners and theorists conducting long-term research on material geographies, who engage ideas and practices from art, spatial culture, urbanism, anthropology, art history, cultural theory, photojournalism, activism, publishing, curating and education.
Its main initiator is Swiss artist Ursula Biemann whom some of you know from the conference Art With(out) Borders that Winter School participants Tanja Klankert and Erin Rice organized last year.
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Off to Finland
30. July 2013, Tarsh Bates | 0 Comments

Hi all

Just to let you know that I am off to Finland in September for an interdisciplinary research workshop to ecology and deep time in the subArctic tundra organised by the Finnish Society of Bioart. Here is the project blog FYI: I will be checking out the rock art up there to see what is growing.

Hope you are all well.


Winter School 2013 – Timely Statements
28. February 2013, Michael Toggweiler | 0 Comments

Mapping Rice - watch Elaine Gan from the University of California at Santa Cruz talking about multispecies temporalities

Time of Physics – Time of Art
25. February 2013, mrossini | 0 Comments

PeterGallison_300x332 A talk on the history of time from the absolute through relativity, on clocks and other mechanisms of control, and the way these ideas were worked out and transformed in Peter Galison’s collaboration with artist William Kentridge for the installation The Refusal of Time at dOCUMENTA (13).

lecture | review of RoT







Abstract Constanze Schellow
18. January 2012, cschellow | 0 Comments

BIld-Schellow_300x332 MaRking Difference: On the Productivity of Concepts of Negation, Negativity, and Absence in Contemporary Dance Discourse (working title)

In Dance and Theater Studies, conceptions of “movement” or “presence” on the stage are, with increasing frequency, undergoing reformulation via negative concepts such as “absence” or “stasis”. Focusing on recent writings in Dance Studies, this project investigates the range, related discourses, and effectiveness of these terminologies.

Influential publications have taken distance from presence as the key category for a determination of the specific performativity of dance. Instead, concepts of absence and negativity are used, by means of the analysis of pieces by Jérôme Bel, Xavier Le Roy and Meg Stuart, among others, in order to formulate a redefinition of an “ontology” of choreography which is accompanied by theoretical gestures of dissociation from positions in Theatre Studies, Culture Studies and Performance Studies. The project investigates the extent to which such concepts in Dance Studies and in analyzed excerpts of choreographic practice are characterized by a double interaction with concepts of “absence” and “negativity” in philosophy. This perspectivation enables a consideration of both fields, Dance Studies and philosophy, in relation to one another and simultaneously allows the spectrum of concepts ranging from absence to negativity to be understood as a discourse that evolves between them. Read more

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