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Arnheim Lecture: „Nothing is a Closed Circuit“ by Prof. Dr. Felicity D. Scott

16. Juli 2018 | 19:00 - 22:00

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Focusing on Juan Downey’s 1969 sculpture With Energy Beyond These Walls, the lecture by Prof. Dr. Felicity D. Scott will revisit the Chilean-born artist’s electronic and cybernetic works of the late 1960s and early 1970s, reading their structurally ambivalent semantic and operational logics, and their modes of switching, as harboring a political vocation, one becoming more evident, and more urgent in the wake of the military coup of September 11, 1973. Departing from readings celebrating Downey’s works as paradigms of interactivity or as inviting “participation,” she wants to argue that they are better read as allegories of a far-reaching media-technical and political apparatus then being forged in the United States, as works modeling environmental systems as they operated as techniques of power, both upon the bodies and psyches of subjects as well as in a wider geopolitical domain.

Vorstand Stiftung Brandenburger Tor

Prof. Dr. Charlotte Klonk
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte

Lecture (in englischer Sprache)
Prof. Dr. Felicity D. Scott

bis 22 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Felicity D. Scott

Felicity D. Scott is Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she directs the PhD programme in Architecture (History and Theory), and co-directs the programme in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP). Her books include: Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics After Modernism (MIT Press, 2007), Ant Farm (ACTAR, 2008), Disorientation: Bernard Rudofsky in the Empire of Signs (Sternberg Press, 2016), and Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counterinsurgency (Zone Books, 2016).

Die Rudolf-Arnheim-Gastprofessur

Die Rudolf-Arnheim-Gastprofessur geht auf den Filmkritiker und Filmhistoriker Rudolf Arnheim zurück, der die Theorie des „denkenden Sehens“ und Gestaltens entwickelte. Eine hochrangige interdisziplinäre Jury beruft jährlich einen ausländischen Gastdozenten an die Humboldt-Universität. Gefördert wird diese Professur durch den Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst, die Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz und die Stiftung Brandenburger Tor.


16. Juli 2018
19:00 - 22:00


Stiftung Brandenburger Tor