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Around a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti
Around a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti

Georges Didi-Huberman, Mira Fliescher (ed.), ...

The Cube and the Face

The Cube, as we can see, isn’t one. It is an ­irregular polyhedron which catalogues describe as having twelve sides — that nice figure, twelve, a destinal figure if ever there was one, which willfully evokes Mallarmé’s throw of the dice, at the very moment that the clock strikes twelve at midnight, in the dark house of Igitur. One can imagine that Giacometti wanted to give a unique volume to the twelve facets — six and six — of two cubes added together: a unique architecture...
  • face
  • abstract art
  • Alberto Giacometti
  • art history
  • art theory
News + Events

Anthropocene Lecture: Bruno Latour

29.09.2017, 19:00

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Sergei Eisenstein: The Anthropology of Rhythm

19.09.2017 – 19.01.2018

Nomas Foundation
Viale Somalia 33
01199 Rom

Straub/Huillet: Tell it to the Stones

13.09.2017 – 19.11.2017

Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin

Sounds of Resistance: Straub/Huillet/Schoenberg

07.10.2017 – 14.10.2017

Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin

Storming of the Winter Palace: History as Theater

23.09.2017 – 25.10.2017

Gessnerallee Zürich
Gessnerallee 8
8001 Zürich


  • Choreographing multitudes

    Choreographing multitudes

    • crowd
    • swarm model
    • social networks
    • social movements
    • protest movements
    • crowd psychology
  • Color and meaning

    Color and meaning

    Who is afraid of Red, Yellow, Blue…?

    • image and imagery
    • chromatics / colour science
    • semiotics and semiology
    • color
    • monochrome
  • Wissen-Nicht-Wissen


    • ignorance and non-knowledge
    • poetology of knowledge
    • history of knowledge
    • literary studies
    • epistemology
    • experiment
    • poetics
    • potentiality
    • idleness
    • astonishment
  • Autofiction—Metafiction


    • autofiction
    • fiction
    • autobiography
    • memory
    • Theory of fiction
Current Texts

Mark B. N. Hansen

Affectivity as Environmental Force

In contemporary developments in biomedia and digital computing, technicity opens the domain of the superempirical to experimentation and in this respect can be seen to contribute directly to the genesis of affectivity well beyond the affect-body-emotion complex. In the age of biotechnical convergence, the key issue is not “what bodies can be made to do,” as Clough puts it, but rather what matter is. Here we come upon the true significance of Clough’s insistence on the technicity of affect and its centrality for extending affect to the “dynamism of matter generally”: far from being a merely instrumental mediation that operates to produce affect or to give access to affect produced in something else, technicity operates within material fluxes themselves. It is an internal element in material processes that are themselves affective. What is needed then, to expand affectivity beyond bodily matter and bodily agency, is an account of technicity that...

  • affects
  • epistemology
  • Alfred North Whitehead
  • gender
  • emotions


Between Segregation, Cooperation, and Craziness
Between Segregation, Cooperation, and Craziness

Sebastian Vehlken

Ghetto Blasts

Even if it became popular in the context of the algorithmitization of the behavior of social insects, the birthplace of the term Swarm Intelligence is in robotics. Even engineers are subject to discourse dynamics: When Gerardo Beni and Jing Wang gave a short presentation on Cellular Robots at a NATO robotics workshop in 1988, that is, on “groups of robots that could work like cells of an organism to assemble more complex parts,” commentators allegedly demanded a buzzword “to describe...
  • robot
  • swarm intelligence
  • interface
  • Computer graphics
  • interdisciplinarity
Current Texts

Diana Coole

New Materialism

Over the past two or three years there has been much talk in the social and human sciences about a materialist turn. It is clear that this is not, however, a complete revolution back to older forms of materialism, even if some of their traces are still resonant. The new materialists are self-consciously positioning themselves in the wake of an earlier cultural turn towards linguistic modes of cultural analysis that included radical forms of constructivism, but also in response to new challenges and opportunities that are emerging through novel ways of understanding matter and handling objects.

My essay has two main parts. The first provides an overview by considering some of the ways a new materialism is being pursued, the sources from which it draws inspiration and the kind of vocabulary that is being used to invoke volatile process of materialisation. This includes a sketch of the new materialist ontology, with...

  • materiality
  • thing/thingness
  • anthropology
  • materialist turn
  • material aesthetics
Current Texts

Patricia Ticineto Clough

Hail Mary full of grace. Hail Mary full of grace.

She with my parents, and me left to pray the rosary, counting Hail Marys against the return of some little girl’s jealousy.

The Rosary is a string of beads used to keep count of prayers as they are recited. First given to Saint Dominic by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the 13th century, the rosary would be popularly practiced with spiritual intensity. There also were rosary books, among the earliest vernacular devotional manuals to be printed, thus defining the role of print as a way of shaping and reflecting religious awareness. But the rosary was popular as much among those who could read as those who could not, as indulgences were offered offering a surplus value of grace in exchange simply for the number of prayers that were recited. And with this, a concern arose that the value given to sheer repetition would mix up quantity and quality, spirituality and superstition,...

  • affects
  • body
  • gender
  • objects
  • childhood