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Verena Kuni: F.I.R.E. (WALK WITH ME)
(p. 99 – 113)

Verena Kuni

Art and/as Real Magic

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  • spiritism
  • occultism
  • ritual
  • contemporary art

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Verena Kuni

is a scholar of art, cultural and media studies and professor for visual culture at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Her curatorial work is dedicated to interdisciplinary projects and programmes at the intersection of theory and practice. Her research and writing focus on the transfer between material and media cultures; media of imagination and technologies of transformation; DIY cultures and critical making; toys and/as tools; visual epistemology, information design and (con)figurations of knowledge; biotopias and techno/ nature/cultures; alternate realities and (trans)formations of time. She has also intensely researched and published on the artistic engagement with occult traditions (19th to 21st centuries) as well as on the aesthetics, politics, apparatuses and technologies of alchemy, magic, spiritualism and parapsychology.
Other texts by Verena Kuni 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.