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Wednesday, January 24 2018 since 1997 Winter Semester 2017/2018

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non finito. unfinished. unfertig.

Vanishing Lines of the Creative in the Arts, Literature, Media, and Scientific Theory”

“To complete a work means to kill it.” Manifestos of modern art have their center of energy in such sayings. The non finito – the idea of a work not to be completed – has fascinated artists since the Renaissance. The prospective design of Leonardo’s work acknowledges prescienza: the provisional and unfinished nature of creative work. In modernity process becomes dominant, thus emphasizing the genetic production of texts and images, all the way to the dissolution of the medium of representation itself. The scandal of the unfinished – the sheer impossibility to reproduce and surpass living nature in a work of art – erupts in Balzac’s “Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu”, published in 1830. The impossibility to fully materialize the artist’s vision can further be traced in the concept of aesthetic autonomy as it leads to modernist abstraction. In literature, too, we can observe how the original concept of the work as a whole is revised, when Deleuze states retrospectively: “writing is a thing of becoming, always unfinished, always in the making.” Valéry has noted that “by necessity, the work can never be completed”; the writer thus “gains a means to destroy it and make it anew.” Kafka’s narrative world is shaped by a permanent deferral in time and space; it ‘consumes’ itself in its modes of iteration, seriality, and supplementation. In his “Opera aperta” of 1962, canonical by now in literature, literary criticism and art studies, Umberto Eco has questioned the paradigms of authorship and the work as a whole, though still accepting them as an inevitable frame of reference. As the visual arts renounce the finality of the creative process, energies are set free to deal with materiality differently: the cross media experiments of overpainting and superimposing. In their experiments of extending, supplementing and revising the musical material, composers have dismissed the previous validity of completion. In recent times, software supported computer art has explored new ways of unlimited. Since the nineties, the theory of science, creatively inspired by art and literature, has privileged so called “experimental cultures”, where the notion of the unfinished is front and center. This set of Mosse-Lectures will review the past history of the non finito, and search for marks and signs of the unfinished in present day cultural production. We hope to trace and probe the creative energies of this configuration in practical artistic work and in theory. 

Program

Peter Geimer Thursday, November 09, 2017, 07:15 pm,

Fotos

  • Ethel Matala de Mazza bei der Einführung     © Niels Leiser
  • Peter Geimer bei seiner MOSSE-LECTURE     © Niels Leiser
  • Peter Geimer spricht zur "Unvollendeten Vergangenheit"     © Niels Leiser
  • Peter Geimer mit einem seiner Exempel im Hintergrund     © Niels Leiser
  • 177. Mosse-Lecture im Senatssal der HU, am Pult: Peter Geimer     © Niels Leiser
  • Diskussion nach dem Vortrag: Ethel Matala de Mazza und Peter Geimer      © Niels Leiser
  • Kommentare aus dem Pulikum: Erik Porath     © Niels Leiser
  • Ulrike Vedder fragt nach     © Niels Leiser
  • Diskussionsteilnehmer     © Niels Leiser
  • Diskussion mit Peter Geimer: Klaus Krüger fragt nach     © Niels Leiser
  • Fragen aus dem Publikum     © Niels Leiser
  • Ethel Matala de Mazza und Peter Geimer vor den Humboldt-Brüdern     © Niels Leiser

Barbara Naumann Thursday, November 23, 2017, 07:15 pm,

Fotos

  • Lothar Müller bei seiner Einführung     © Niels Leiser
  • Barbara Naumann im Senatssaal der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin     © Niels Leiser
  • Barbara Naumann vor ihrem Publikum     © Niels Leiser
  • Barbara Naumann bei ihrer Mosse-Lecture zu "Die unendliche Rede in Marcel Prousts 'Recherche'"     © Niels Leiser
  • Diskussion auf dem Podium: Lothar Müller und Barbara Naumann     © Niels Leiser
  • Barbara Naumann in der Diskussion     © Niels Leiser
  • Lothar Müller und Barbara Naumann im Gespräch     © Niels Leiser
  • Barbara Nauman beantwortet Fragen     © Niels Leiser
  • Fragen aus dem Publikum: Caroline Neubaur     © Niels Leiser
  • Fragen aus dem Publikum: Joseph Vogl     © Niels Leiser
  • Barbara Naumann mit den Humboldt-Brüdern     © Niels Leiser
  • Lothar Müller und Barbara Naumann vor Wilhelm und Alexander von Humboldt     © Niels Leiser

Ulrich Peltzer Thursday, December 07, 2017, 07:15 pm,

Fotos

  • Joseph Vogl bei der Einführung     © Niels Leiser
  • Ulrich Peltzer "Ein Ende finden oder: Wann kam die Marquise nach Haus"     © Niels Leiser
  • Ulrich Peltzer vor seinem Publikum im Senatssaal der HU     © Niels Leiser
  • Ulrich Peltzer bei seiner Mosse-Lecture     © Niels Leiser
  • Ulrich Peltzer
  • Ulrich Petzer     © Niels Leiser
  • Ulrich Peltzer und Joseph Vogl diskutieren
  • Diskussion: Ulrich Peltzer und Joseph Vogl     © Niels Leiser
  • Ulrich Peltzer und Joseph Vogl     © Niels Leiser
  • Kathrin Röggla und Ulrike Vedder     © Niels Leiser
  • Ethel Matala de Mazza fragt nach     © Niels Leiser
  • Joseph Vogl und Ulrich Peltzer vor den Humboldt-Brüdern     © Niels Leiser

Georges Didi-Huberman Thursday, December 14, 2017, 07:15 pm,

Fotos

  •  Ulrike Vedder begrüßt die Gäste der 180. Mosse-Lecture     © Niels Leiser
  • Sigrid Weigel stellt Georges-Didi-Huberman vor     © Niels Leiser
  • Didi_Huberman_lecture3.jpg
  • Georges Didi-Huberman vor seinem Publikum     © Niels Leiser
  • Georges Didi-Huberman vor seinem Publikum     © Niels Leiser
  • Mosse-Lecture von Georges Didi-Huberman     © Niels Leiser
  • Georges Didi-Huberman über "Endless Uprisings"     © Niels Leiser
  •  Fragen aus dem Publikum     © Niels Leiser
  • Georges Didi-Huberman antwortet     © Niels Leiser
  • Nachfragen aus dem Publikum
  • Georges Didi-Huberman und Sigrid Weigel     © Niels Leiser
  • Siegrid Weigel und Georges Didi-Huberman mit den Humboldt-Brüdern     © Niels Leiser

Jennifer Walshe Thursday, January 11, 2018, 07:15 pm,

Fotos

  • Elisabeth Wagner begrüßt die Gäste der Mosse-Lecture mit Jennifer Walshe.jpg     © Niels Leiser
  • Jennifer Walshe bei ihren Ausführungen.jpg     © Niels Leiser
  • Jennifer Walshe mit den Humboldt-Brüdern.jpg     © Niels Leiser
  • Jennifer Walshe trägt vor.jpg     © Niels Leiser
  • Jennifer Walshe und Margarete Zander im Gespräch.jpg     © Niels Leiser
  • Jennifer Walshe und Margarete Zander.jpg     © Niels Leiser
  • Jennifer Walshe vor ihrem Publikum.jpg     © Niels Leiser
  • Jennifer Walshe.jpg     © Niels Leiser
  • Margarete Zander und Jennifer Walshe im Gespräch.jpg     © Niels Leiser
  • Margarete Zander und Jennifer Walshe vor Wilhelm und Alexander von Humboldt.jpg     © Niels Leiser
  • Margarete Zander.jpg     © Niels Leiser
  • Torsten Flüh fragt nach.jpg     © Niels Leiser