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Essays on Photography by Siegfried Kracauer
Essays on Photography by Siegfried Kracauer

Siegfried Kracauer, Philippe Despoix (ed.), ...

The Past's Threshold

There can be no doubt, however, that in Kracauer’s texts published at the turn of the 1920s and the 1930s from his position as an editor of the cultural pages at the daily newspaper Frankfurter ­Zeitung, then in the 1950s during his American period, he sketches out a theorisation of photography that can be described as groundbreaking. But it is also true that most of his works overlap, in more than one way, with this medium of reproduction or that...
  • film
  • History of photography
  • Siegfried Kracauer
  • media theory
  • photography
Current Texts
Humanity is a metahuman concept.

Rolf Bossart, Milo Rau

Humanity is a metahuman concept.

  • art theory
  • artistic practice
  • postmodernism
  • realism
  • re-enactment
  • transhumanism

Sergei Eisenstein: The Anthropology of Rhythm

19.09.2017 – 19.01.2018

Nomas Foundation
Viale Somalia 33
01199 Rom

The Storming of the Winter Palace
The Forensics of an Image

24.11.2017 – 08.04.2018

HMKV im Dortmunder U
44137 Dortmund


  • Color and meaning

    Color and meaning

    Who is afraid of Red, Yellow, Blue…?

    • color
    • monochrome
    • image and imagery
    • semiotics and semiology
    • chromatics / colour science
  • minima oeconomica

    minima oeconomica

    Analysen und Kritik moderner Ökonomie, deren Wissenschaft und Legitmation im Zeitalter der Finanzialisierung

    • discourse history
    • financial crisis
    • economy
    • financial markets
    • economics
    • economization
  • Observing the Spectator

    Observing the Spectator

    • observer
    • gaze
    • optical illusion
    • mirror
Current Texts

Steven Shaviro

The role of the missing half-second

There’s a famous story in the philosophy of mind: the story of Mary. It goes something like this. Mary is the world’s greatest neuroscientist. She knows everything there is to know about the physical world, and about how our brains work to perceive and interpret the world. In particular, Mary knows everything there is to know about color and color vision: from the physics of light, to the structure of the eye and the nervous system in human beings and other organisms, to the ways that our brains recognize and distinguish particular colors, to the evolutionary origins of color vision, to the functions served in our minds by the apprehension of color, and the ways that our moods are affected by seeing one color or another. In short, Mary knows every physical and scientific fact that there is to know about color.

But there’s a catch: Mary herself has never perceived...

  • Kant
  • cognition
  • body
  • epistemology
  • affects
Current Texts
The Moses complex’s place is exile.

Ute Holl

The Moses complex’s place is exile.

  • migration
  • Jean-Marie Straub
  • political theory
  • community
  • opera
  • exile
  • psychoanalysis
  • Danièle Huillet
  • Arnold Schönberg


Media and Mathematics of Dynamic Networks
Media and Mathematics of Dynamic Networks

Tobias Harks (ed.), Sebastian Vehlken (ed.)

Neighborhood Technologies

Whether our contemporary society and culture may be characterized by a mere preoccupation with concepts of space or a predominant fixation on the dynamics of time – with the speculative power of world-wide financial markets and their respective financial tools (e.g., micro-trading) and the increasing penetration of scientific research by computational tools like computer simulations and their implications for a futurologic governmental style (e.g., in fields like climate research or pre-emption) as only two protruding pillars: The time-critical dynamics of...
  • mathematics
  • media technique
  • algorithms
  • biology
  • modeling
Current Texts

Nikita Dhawan, María do Mar Castro Varela

Education and Post-colonialism

Education must function as an “invisible mending” analogous to weaving invisible threads into an already existing fabric. The resulting pattern is not predetermined, the weaving process never finishes and remains twofold as well: the weaver is simultaneously the worker and the fabric to be worked. This demands a great deal of patience from those who teach, because the processes are slow, if not to say subtle—just like the pervasive, historical violence embedded in the social weave. Those advocating change must—this is urgent for critical education—be willing to change themselves.

While the educational system in most post-colonial contexts amounts to a corrupt ruin of the colonial model, in Europe we face a trivial, tacky replica of social imperialism. Accordingly, Spivak demands its persistent deconstruction or/and destruction. It is impossible to reflect on decolonizing education without an understanding of the violent structures that permeate education; otherwise, transformation will fail. As a first step...

  • education
  • public sphere
  • learning
  • teaching
  • art education
Current Texts

Jacques Rancière

Politics, Aesthetics, Performance

I must make a preliminary statement to avoid a possible misunderstanding of my title. I am not going to speak about the art of performance, viewed as a specific art. The art that we have been used to name performance for a few decades is in fact the offspring of a wider idea of the performance of art – the “performance of art” meaning both the completion of its specific operations and its role in the distribution of social activities and collective energy. Therefore the remarks that I will present about performance belong to a wider investigation. They belong to the project of a genealogy of the categories that we use to perceive and conceptualize the relationships between art, aesthetics, and politics. That investigation is based on a hypothesis formulated in my book The Politics of Aesthetics:

»The arts only ever lend to projects of domination or emancipation what they are able...

  • aesthetics of film
  • film
  • performance
  • aesthetics