Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Kulturwissenschaft


Beiträge vergangener Kolloquien
Carlos Campos, FADU, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Architectural Performance. New experiences in the significance of Urban Space  
Public lecture, October 17 2011: 5 p.m., room 4.11, Sophienstrasse 22a
Aspects of the research curatorial program Archive Public are discussed focusing on the question of how archival art practice can create conditions of emergence of public sphere. Two approaches are deployed:
Performative archiving is proposed as a productive concept of the archive which can form open (virtual and physical) public spheres, setting to circulation ideas, practices, policies, redefining traditional references of the archive, such as property, trace, public access, writing and use. The design of the archive mechanism enact protocols, regulations which allow certain interactions between partial identities of readers, writers, spectators, as they undertake roles in archival time. 
The undertaking of public power as potentia (Arendt); not as an acting out or an actually violent act, but rather as a lawful (en loi) articulatory practice, which sets the conditions for a non-utopian, radical artistic practice. Within this frame issues of authority, law, and institutionalization will be discussed and the Public Archive will be examined in the scope of an instituent practice. 
Panos Kouros is artist, art theorist, Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Patras, Greece. Elpida Karaba is art theorist, curator, Phd cand., Department of Architecture, University of Patras, Greece.
Public Lectures »Archive-Public«: june 10 2011: 16 p.m., Heise-Archiv (1.01), Sophienstrasse 22a
This lecture derives from work on the sequel to my 1983 book The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art which sets the original text's treatment of the early 20th century into its larger scientific context and extends its coverage through the entire century. The idea of a higher, spatial fourth dimension was often connected to the ether of space, the impalpable medium understood in this period to suffuse all space and serve as the necessary vehicle for the transmission of vibrating electromagnetic waves. Both concepts served as signs of an invisible 'meta-reality―just beyond the reach of human perception―that served as a major stimulus for the invention of new artistic styles―from Cubism, Futurism, and the art of Duchamp to the abstract paintings of Kandinsky and Malevich. Both the spatial fourth dimension and the ether would meet the same fate as of 1919: they would gradually be eclipsed with the popularization of Einstein and Relativity Theory that began that year.  However, this was not the end of the story, since both concepts continued to have at least an underground cultural (and even scientific) impact. In the case of the spatial fourth dimension, which would rise to new prominence with the emergence of string theory in the 1980s, the concept experienced an earlier cultural recovery starting in the late 1950s, and artists like Robert Smithson responded eagerly to it. Both Marcel Duchamp and Buckminster Fuller played key roles in this process of renewal, and the lecture concludes with a brief sampling of this "beyond" moment in the second half of the century.
Public lecture, June 24 2011: 16 p.m., Heise-Archiv (1.01), Sophienstrasse 22a
Andrea Saltzman is professor for Textile Design at Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Public Lecture, may 10 2011: 10 a.m., Heise-Archiv (1.01), Sophienstrasse 22a
Bei dem Workshop unseres Forschungsseminars wollen wir anhand von unterschiedlichen Themen die Frage nach Raum-Konstruktionen ins Zentrum stellen: Raum nicht als schon bestehende Form, in die hinein dann unterschiedliche Objekte gestellt werden, sondern Raum als Effekt von ganz unterschiedlichen Operationsformen, Materialitäten, Wissensformen oder Medien. Räume untersuchen wir deshalb auch nach den mehr oder minder expliziten Entwurfs- und Projektstrategien. Die einzelnen sehr kurzen Vorstellungen der Themen (ca. 10 min) sollten sich deshalb auf folgende Aspekte konzentrieren: Wie charakterisieren sich bei dem jeweiligen Thema die Handlungs- und Operationsformen, die dem analysierten Raum zu Grunde liegen und die Funktionen dieser Raumgestaltung bestimmen? Welche Entwurfs- und Projektstrategien werden dabei eingesetzt, welche Materialisierungsformen gewählt? Welche besonderen Wissensformen werden bei der Konstruktion dieser Räume eingesetzt, bzw. welche wissenschaftlichen oder praktischen Disziplinen sind dabei im Spiel?
10. Dezember 2010: 10-17 Uhr, Heise-Archiv (1.01), Sophienstraße 22a