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Daniel Norell: Mining Reality

Vortrag, 6. Dezember 2018, 19:00

Bunny Rogers in conversation with Lola Kramer

Vortrag, 5. Dezember 2018, 19:00

Rafael Horzon: Why documentary photography?

Vortrag, 4. Dezember 2018, 19:00

Leo Asemota & Nástio Mosquito: #215

Eröffnung, 30. November 2018, 19:00

Adam Szymczyk: Exhibition and its Discontents

Vortrag, 27. November 2018, 19:00

Wu Tsang: Sudden Rise

Vortrag, 15. November 2018, 19:00

Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh: In Terms of Images

Vortrag, 14. November 2018, 19:00

Dan Mitchell

Vortrag, 7. November 2018, 19:00

Ho Rui An: The Image Drive

Vortrag, 23. Oktober 2018, 19:00

Wintersemester 2018/2019

Information, 15. Oktober 2018

After Rubens. Absolventenausstellung 2018

Eröffnung, 10. Juli 2018, 19:00

Kapwani Kiwanga: Exit Strategies

Vortrag, 5. Juli 2018, 19:00

DeeDee Halleck

Vortrag, 28. Juni 2018, 19:00

Wolf Prix: SAC Dean’s Honorary Lecture

Vortrag, 27. Juni 2018, 19:00

Oscar Murillo

Vortrag, 21. Juni 2018, 19:00

Daniel Norell: In Conversation

Vortrag, 13. Juni 2018, 19:00

Kivi Sotamaa: Sensation

Vortrag, 7. Juni 2018, 19:00

Melati Suryodarmo

Vortrag, 6. Juni 2018, 19:00

Julia Bryan-Wilson: Material Relations

Vortrag, 5. Juni 2018, 19:00


Eröffnung, 23. Mai 2018, 19:00

Hardeep Pandhal: Artist talk

Vortrag, 23. Mai 2018, 19:00

Avery Singer: Untitled

Vortrag, 14. Mai 2018, 19:00

Festival der jungen Talente 2018

Veranstaltung, 4. – 6. Mai 2018

Kyle Miller: Errant Trajectories

Vortrag, 26. April 2018, 19:00

Peter Fend

Vortrag, 25. April 2018, 19:00

Georgia Sagri and I

Eröffnung, 20. April 2018, 19:00

Minsuk Cho: Challenges

Vortrag, 18. April 2018, 19:00

Beginn Sommersemester 2018

Information, 16. April 2018

Christa Näher: Städelschule 1987 – 2013

Gespräch, 10. Februar 2018, 18:00

Candice Lin: A Hard White Body, a Soft White Worm

Eröffnung, 9. Februar 2018, 19:00

Rundgang Party

Veranstaltung, 9. Februar 2018, 22:00

Watercooler Talks

Gespräch, 9. – 11. Februar 2018

Rundgang 2018

Veranstaltung, 8. – 11. Februar 2018

Allison Katz: We boil at different degrees

Vortrag, 1. Februar 2018, 19:00

Eric Baudelaire: After

Vortrag, 29. Januar 2018, 19:00

Peter Testa: Phygital Figures

Vortrag, 25. Januar 2018, 19:00

John Smith: Give Chance A Chance

Vortrag, 24. Januar 2018, 19:00

Abraham Cruzvillegas: Autorreconstrucción

Vortrag, 18. Januar 2018, 19:00

Lucy Stein: Dreaming in the Dark

Vortrag, 11. Januar 2018, 19:00

SAC Symposium: Breaking Glass. Virtual Reality and Subjectivisation in Art and Architecture

Veranstaltung25. – 26. Mai 2018

The Städelschule Architecture Class invites to a two-day symposium on May 25-26 addressing art, architecture and virtual reality. Breaking Glass—Virtual Reality and Becoming a Subject through Arts and Architecture raises questions pertaining to these creative disciplines, human perception and the formation of the contemporary self in relation to the emerging importance of virtual reality.

Virtual reality is currently causing a stir in art and architecture. The technology suggests a radical break with known conventions for creative work as much as individual experience. Virtual reality demands the design of whole new worlds with potentially new spatial qualities in relation to which the human subject must locate itself.

The symposium at the Städelschule seeks to locate the mondial impact of the technology in the arts and architecture as a productive momentum centring on the subject. Given the immersive and ultimately architectural space of virtual reality, what are the parameters for the creative and experiencing subject engaging with this technology? What does the history of art and architecture tell us with respect to the new creative opportunities in this medium? How do we position the subject within our image-driven culture in relation to virtual reality’s simulation of reality and alternative narrational structure? How can bodily performance and experience be comprehended with respect to the regime of images in virtual reality? And, finally, how can this multi-sensorial realm be comprehended in a coordinated and strategically productive manner?

The title of the event summons glass as the chief material means for the production and conveyance of our image culture and reverberates with how Marcel Duchamp delivered his main work, Le Grand Verre (“The Large Glass,” 1915-23), to posterity. The Large Glass - with its cracked glass panels, his autobiographical allusions and radical take on the floating picture plane within its given setting, could be seen to foreshadow virtual and augmented realities as they exist today. Moreover, the contemporary creative as well as experiencing subject was heralded in the bi-gendered subjectivity of Duchamp a.k.a. Rrose Sélavy in 1921. Under his female alter ego, Duchamp created numerous works and Rrose Sélavy is in and of itself a work of art.

With virtual reality becoming a cause célèbre in art and architecture, essential questions arise regarding processes of subjectification - echoing those that emerged amidst the technological and social revolutions throughout the 20th century. Based on Michel Foucault’s notion of the dispositif, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben suggests that subjects as much as institutions are produced by an increasing number of apparatuses that ‘appear at the intersection of power relations and relations of knowledge.’ These philosophical observations are echoed in more recent attempts at unravelling the hidden infrastructure of the digital to address how the contemporary subject and its collective are politically engendered and socially staged - such as in the writings of Benjamin Bratton and Keller Easterling. 

Breaking Glass - Virtual Reality and Becoming a Subject through Art and Architecture presents an interdisciplinary approach to speculate on these and related questions. 

The symposium commences Friday, 25. May at 17:30 with a keynote talk by the world-renown neurophysiologist Wolf Singer. After the presentation, architectural theorist Sanford Kwinter, Allese Thomson, head of Fine Art Experiential division at Here Be Dragons, and former dean of Städelschule and current professor in the school and director of the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm Daniel Birnbaum engage in conversation with Singer.

The programme continues with presentations and discussions on Saturday, 26. May at 10:00. Presenters include: the internationally recognised artists Rachel Rossin, Timur Si-Qin and Shezad Dawood; architect Damjan Jovanovic, virtual reality producer Dado Valentic, and art historian Lars Bang Larsen. 

For more details on the programme, see:

Das Symposium findet auf englischer Sprache statt.

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