Friedrich Kittler and Vilém Flusser met at Ars Electronica in Linz in the 1980s. Shortly after their initial meeting, Kittler invited Flusser to the University of Bochum for what would turn out to be Flusser's first and last guest professorship in Germany. Kittler was a young professor, who had just caused a stir in the Humanities after publishing Aufschreibesysteme 1800 · 1900 and Gramophone, Film, Typewriter, while Flusser was already a grey eminence in the realm of Media Philosophy - an academically widely unrecognized territory back then, with ephemeral boundaries. Together, they shaped the (im)material theories and practices of the cultural and technological epistemologies we live, think and work with today.

Until today, no close look has been taken on the intellectual linkage between Kittler and Flusser. In four sessions, this workshop aims to engage with Kittler's and Flusser's ideas on a coupled, open and dynamic level, in the spirit of Kittler's notorious "Oberseminar", which was traditionally held every Tuesday evening at Humboldt University, and the "Flusserian Philosophical Friday" sessions at Universität der Künste. Each session will focus on two short texts, which will be provided online beforehand, and explore their cross-wirings, interferences, mappings, frictions, harmonic resonances and dissonances.


Concept and organisation:

Claudia Becker (MetafluxLab)

Paul Feigelfeld (MetafluxLab/ Institute for Media Studies, HU Berlin)

Rodrigo Maltez Novaes (MetafluxLab)



Nov. 6, 2012 Rise

Dec. 4, 2012 Crisis

Jan. 8, 2013 Anti

Feb. 5, 2013 Project

6 p.m. c.t.

Humboldt University Berlin

Institute for Media Studies 

Pergamon Palais, Georgenstraße 47,  10117 Berlin Room 0.01 - Media Theatre