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Jussi Parikka, Jeremy Wade: ‘I think of a neurological kind of nano-possession, if we’re talking about magic’
‘I think of a neurological kind of nano-possession, if we’re talking about magic’
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Jussi Parikka, Jeremy Wade

‘I think of a neurological kind of nano-possession, if we’re talking about magic’
In conversation with Jussi Parikka and Jeremy Wade

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  • contemporary art
  • ritual
  • spiritism
  • occultism

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Jussi Parikka

is a professor of technological culture and aesthetics at the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton). His publications have addressed a variety of topics relevant to a critical understanding of network culture and the aesthetics and media archaeology of the digital, including the media-ecology trilogy Digital Contagions (2007, 2nd updated edition 2016), Insect Media and most recently, A Geology of Media (2010 and 2015 repectively), which addresses the environmental waste load of technical media culture. In addition, Parikka has published What is Media Archaeology (2012) and edited various books, including Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History (2015, with Joasia Krysa) on the Finnish media-art pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi. http://
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Jeremy Wade

is a performer, performance maker, curator and teacher. After graduating from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and receiving a Bessie Award for his first evening length performance Glory at the Dance Theater Workshop in New York City in 2006, he moved to Berlin and has worked in close collaboration with the HAU Hebbel am Ufer since then. Wade recently created Fountain, Together Forever, Death Asshole Rave Video and DrawnOnward, exploring the death of man, zombie subjectivity, strange modes of being and affective relationality to undermine the social codes that define and oppress our bodies. In combination with a rigorous teaching practice, Wade’s inclination to subversion extends towards the curation, production and subsequent hosting of ecstatic events, series, festivals and symposia, such as Politics of Ecstasy (2009), Creature Feature (2009–11), The Great Big Togetherness (2015) and recently Take Care (2017), a symposium at HAU in the framework of the NO LIMITS Internationales Theaterfestival Berlin based on the relational ethics and critical use of care that disability culture demands. In 2017/18 Wade will direct a three-part performance project addressing care as a polit- ical methodology comprised of The Battlefield Nurse (a drag lecture performance investigating the structures vs. symptoms that are makingus sick), The Future Clinic for Critical Care (a world-making forum dedicated to art, activism and social work) and Between Sirens, a new trio processing the political imagination of systemic support.
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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.