Arts and the Apparatus

The workshop will be based on a format developed by the MetafluxLab: The Flusserian Philosophical Flux (FPF). The FPF is a dialogic exploration of contemporary philosophical concepts inspired by the work of Vilém Flusser. After a basic introduction to the thinking of Vilém Flusser, the participants will have the opportunity to read and discuss specific texts by Flusser according to the needs of their own research. A focus will be on Flusser’s most influential concepts, the ‘technical image’ and the ‘apparatus,’ which he developed throughout the 1980s and which form the basis for his communications theory. Readings will include Philosophy of Photography and The Freedom of the Migrant (further suggestions are welcome). One of the primary aims of the FPF is to challenge the traditional knowledge delivery format by exploring modes of joint knowledge production.

Moderated by Dr. Cornelia Sollfrank.

Dr Cornelia Sollfrank is an artist and researcher lecturing at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. In her interdisciplinary work she explores the changing notion of art under networked conditions.

Date 16. May 2013
Time 10.00 a.m.
Venue: Dundee Contemporary Arts, meeting room.
For the workshop in Dundee: call 01382-909900 or in person at the DCA reception desk.

Further information: c.sollfrank@dundee.ac.uk

This event is supported by

Freedom in a programmed World

“Is there any room left for freedom in a programmed world? This is the essential question that Vilém Flusser continually asks in Post-History. Written initially as a series of lectures to be delivered at universities in Brazil, Israel, and France, it was subsequently developed as a book and published for the first time in Brazil in 1983. This, the first English translation of Post-History, finally brings to an Anglophone readership Flusser’s first critique of apparatus as the aesthetic, ethical and epistemological model of present times. In his main argument, Flusser suggests that our times may be characterized by the term “program”, much in the same way that the 17th century is loosely characterized by the term “nature”, the 18th by “reason” and the 19th by “progress”. In suggesting this shift in worldview he then poses a provocative question: If I function within a predictable programmed reality, can I rebel? And how can I do it? The answer comes swiftly: Only malfunctioning programs and apparatus allow for freedom. Only a malfunctioning functionary can hope for freedom. The essence of freedom is unpredictability. But once co-opted and objectified by apparatus and their programs, all that is left for us is a life of bored contentment within the nauseating paradise of a predictable eternal return of the same.

http://www.univocalpublishing.com/books/102-post-history-by-vilemflusser

Claudia Becker and Rodrigo Maltez Novaes will give an introduction to the thinking of Vilém Flusser and the Vilém Flusser Archive. They will also present the recently published translation of Flusser’s Post-History.

Chaired by Valentina Bonizzi.

Date: 15. May 2013
Time: 6.00 p.m.
Place: Stills Gallery Edingburgh, Scotland's Center for Photography

Further information: www.stills.org. Contact: programme@stills.org

Ex-perience

For the first Noosphere Reflection, the artists and philosophers Claudia Becker and Rodrigo Maltez Novaes from the MetafluxLab are invited to experiment with new forms of knowledge production based on their own developed methodology: The Flusserian Philosophical Flux (FPF). The FPF is a dialogic exploration of contemporary philosophical concepts inspired by the work of Vilém Flusser. For the Noosphere Reflections they will connect the ideas and thoughts by Wladimir Iwanowitsch Wernadski on the development of the Noosphere with Vilém Flusser's utopian vision of a telematic society. MetafluxLab will develop a FPF based on Flusser‘s essay „Ex-perience“ published in Freedom of the Migrant, to explore the relations and connections between different thinking spaces and their physical manifestations. Within the philosophical happening »Ex-perience« MetafluxLab will investigate the conditions and relations of thinking, decisions and actions for performative processes:

„Let us imagine that our central nervous system were to extend around the globe like a net. Let us further imagine that it constitutes something like a net. What I‘m suggesting is not a science fiction but the model on which the telematic society now being built is based. […] Such a n eurosphere spanning the globe would function to compute into experience all stimuli incessantly streaming in from all directions and to transform these experiences into decisions and actions“ (V.F.)

By interacting with the participants and the texts MetafluxLab will bring the materiality of thinking and the performativity of the thinking act into light to experience the link between noosphere - neurosphere - biosphere - atmosphere.

The text by Flusser you can download here

The text by Wernadski you can download here

 

The Noosphere Reflection part I

Curated by Teena Lange

Date: 8.05.2013

Time: 19.00 - 22.00

Place: SAVVY Contemporary

Richardstraße 43/44

12055 Berlin

The Noosphere Reflections are a project of the Month of Performance Art Berlin

_KITTLER _FLUSSER_mediations : PROJECT

For the last session of the KITTLER_FLUSSER_mediations series we will continue to read from Kittler's essay "The World of the Symbolic - A world of the Machine". To get access to this text you will need to register here or try to download it here. The german version you can download here  . By Flusser we will read "Immaterial Culture" the fourth and last part of his lecture series "Into Immaterial Culture" from 08.1986, which you can download here  . It would be helpful to read both texts and make notes on the paragraphs and questions that you might like to discuss and bring those with you. However, that is not mandatory in order to participate in the meeting. Also, if you took part in any of the other sessions, you may bring along question that are relevant to the previous essays. The aim now is to build a pool of notes and questions to be addressed and included in the eventual publication.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Session IV of MetafluxLab’s new project, organised with Paul Feigelfeld (Institute for Media Studies, HU Berlin) will be on Feb 5th, 2013 6.15pm at the Humboldt University Berlin Pergamon Palais, Georgenstraße 47,  10117 Berlin Room 0.01 - Media Theatre

_KITTLER _FLUSSER_mediations : ANTI

For the third session of the KITTLER_FLUSSER_mediations series we will read from Kittler's essay "The World of the Symbolic - A world of the Machine". To get access to this text you will need to register here. By Flusser we will read "Anti-Alphabetic Revolutions" the third part of his lecture series "Into Immaterial Culture" from 08.1986, which you can download here. It would be helpful to read both texts and make notes on the paragraphs and questions that you might like to discuss and bring those with you. However, that is not mandatory in order to participate in the meeting. Also, if you took part in the other sessions, you may bring along question that are relevant to the previous essays. The aim now is to start building a pool of notes and questions to be addressed and included in the eventual publication.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Session III of MetafluxLab’s new project, organised with Paul Feigelfeld (Institute for Media Studies, HU Berlin) will be on Jan. 8th, 2013 6.15pm at the Humboldt University Berlin Pergamon Palais, Georgenstraße 47,  10117 Berlin Room 0.01 - Media Theatre

_KITTLER _FLUSSER_mediations : CRISIS

For the the second session of KITTLER_FLUSSER_mediations we will read from Kittler's essay "Code (or, How You Can Write Something Differently)" which you can download here  and from "Crisis in Alphabetic Culture" by Vilém Flusser from the lecture series "Into Immaterial Culture" from 12.08.1986, which you can download here. It would be helpful to read both texts and make notes on the paragraphs and questions that you might like to discuss and bring those with you. However, that is not mandatory in order to participate in the meeting. Also, if you took part in the first session, you may bring along question that are relevant to the previous essays. The aim now is to start building a pool of notes and questions to be addressed and included in the eventual publication.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Session II of MetafluxLab’s new project, organised with Paul Feigelfeld (Institute for Media Studies, HU Berlin) will be on Dec. 4th, 2012 6.15pm at the Humboldt University Berlin Pergamon Palais, Georgenstraße 47,  10117 Berlin Room 0.01 - Media Theatre

_KITTLER _FLUSSER_ mediations : RISE

 

In the first session we will read the Kittler's "On the Implementation of Knowledge. Towards a Theory of Hardware" which you can download here  and "Alphabetic Culture" by Vilém Flusser taken and translated from the lecture series "Into Immaterial Culture" from 11.08.1986. You can download here. Both texts will be read and discussed during the workshop. 

Session I of MetafluxLab’s new project, organised with Paul Feigelfeld (Institute for Media Studies, HU Berlin) will be on Nov. 6th, 2012 6.15pm at the Humboldt University Berlin Pergamon Palais, Georgenstraße 47,  10117 Berlin Room 0.01 - Media Theatre

 

 

Flusser & Sound

The MetafluxLab has been invited by Klangstaetten | Stadtklaenge Braunschweig and the University for Arts Braunschweig to run an FPF session on Wednesday 17th October. For this session we will explore the question of music and sound in relation to knowledge production. The artist and researcher Annie Goh will present some of the findings of her research project on Flusser and Sound which has been financed by the Berlin House of Representatives. After her presentation we will read a sample of excerpts from two newly translated texts by Vilém Flusser: "In Music" and "In Modern Music", which were written for a series of lectures that he delivered in the 1960s.

 

Date: 17.10.2012

Time: 8 p.m.

Place: Villa von Amsberg (Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz 3), 38100 Braunschweig