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Where is Now?

Film and lecture program

Curated by Katrin Mundt
16 and 17 January 2009, 7 – 10:30 pm

Mary Koszmary, Yael Bartana

Mary Koszmary, Yael Bartana

Postcapital: Vortragsreihe, Workshops, Filmprogramm
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Schlossplatz 2, 70173 Stuttgart, Fon: +49 (0)711 22 33 70, info@wkv-stuttgart.de

“Where is Now?” picks up at the archive as a repository for the present— a medial place where reality is not only stored and formatted in images and documents but also interpreted and configured anew through each individual access. Here, time itself becomes a malleable substance, the material of playful intervention and radical reinterpretation. From the perspective of different presents—from the nineteen-sixties through today—the films and videos in this program frustrate the linear progression of time.

Historical crises and turning points in particular, which still today determine the rhythm of our time calculations, are encountered by the works with skepticism. Their protagonists develop strategies for overcoming history—by proclaiming new beginnings, by inhabiting the permanent crisis of a precarious present, or by staging a retro-future against the backdrop of dated utopias. The works problematize the state of experience and perception as well as of agency and representation under archive conditions: in the images self-created by societies in order to ensure their presentness, in the ways in which embodied memory becomes manifest, and in the medial exploration of deviance and dissent.

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Kirsten Wagner: “Postcapital” or What Follows the City?

The Knowledge City
Postcapital: Vortragsreihe, Workshops, Filmprogramm
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Schlossplatz 2, 70173 Stuttgart, Fon: +49 (0)711 22 33 70, info@wkv-stuttgart.de

Lecture (german)
Thursday, January 15, 2009, 7 pm

Abstract
With the advent of the so-called information age, much seemed prone to vanish: the body, the space, the city, the book along with its institution, the library. But everything returns, and not only as visual metaphors on monitor surfaces. While the physical body has proved to be an equally ineluctable and refractory factor in technical thing ensembles, megacities—notably illustrated by media geography through their radiant diagrams and maps—have asserted themselves as spatial and economic centers of a globally networked media culture. And despite an increasing digitalization that includes historical text and image inventory, libraries have been experiencing an unexpected renaissance over the past years, as attested to by a series of spectacular newly erected libraries.

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ARQUITECTURAS DE LA CULTURA DEL MAÑANA-MAÑANA

III sesión: el archivo y la red. 11 de diciembre de 2008.

grupo de trabajo que se reune periódicamente para debatir acerca de las interacciones entre los centros culturales, la arquitectura, la ciudad y sus habitantes, en torno a reuniones mensuales en Medialab-Prado que contarán con la presencia de diferentes invitados, y se apoyará en el trabajo online tanto previo como posterior a estas sesiones

11 didiembre, 2009

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La tercera sesión del grupo de trabajo Arquitecturas de la cultura del mañana-mañana estuvo dedicada al tema “El archivo y la red: organización, distribución y acceso al conocimiento”. A continuación un intento de recoger algunos de los asuntos que se hablaron en esta larga sesión, se agradecen comentarios sobre posibles imprecisiones u omisiones.

La sesión se planteó como un taller y discusión con el artista Daniel García Andújar.

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