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Sense of potentiality or virtual reality?

„Utopia as a disposition carries the heavy burden of the past and the even heavier burden of the future.“ Robert Musil counters with his „sense of potentiality“, „the as yet unborn potential realities“, „a thread that one pulls through the water without knowing whether any bait is attached to the end“. This lightness of being is as indispensible to life as it is seductive.

How much weight then can art and literatur carry? How real is their sense of potentiality 100 years after Kakania? How acute is their knowledge about [or simply: how aware are they of] their dependence on media and their institutional frameworks? Can they conserve and renew their ability to differentiate? What happens to the possibilities of playfulness in human narratives when the virtual realities of technological media define the sense of potentiality?

Reports in the Press


die tageszeitung, 15. Februar 2009 - Debatte
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Der Tagesspiegel, 14. Februar 2009 - Kultur
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Program

Eduard Beaucamp Art Critic and Author Thursday, November 20, 2008, 08:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor
Peter Weibel Thursday, December 04, 2008, 08:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor
Jean-Luc Nancy Thursday, February 12, 2009, 08:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor
Hélène Cixous Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 09:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor