In Dialogue with the Flusser Archive

  • Cornelia Sollfrank (Organiser)

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar


    Interdisciplinary exchange project between the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (University of Dundee), Stills Gallery Edinburgh and the Vilém Flusser Archive (University of the Arts Berlin). Media philosopher Vilém Flusser anticipated in his theory the changes in the codes and structures of communication through technical ‘apparatuses’ and analysed how they would affect politics and ethics as well as design and aesthetics. In the centre of the project is his notion of the ‘technical image’ elaborated in his ‘philosophy of photography.’ From his claim that the technical image has the ability to compete with language, he derives the theory that thinking becomes pictorial while at the same time human perception undergoes a major shift. Flusser urged that it is vital to engage with the technical image and formulate a criticism of the apparatus that generates such images in order to be able to understand the implied shifts in perception and thinking. The project In Dialogue with the Flusser Archive comprises a presentation in Edinburgh and a one-day workshop in Dundee and takes place in context of two exhibitions: • Migration Stories: Valentina Bonizzi at the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland (23 February to 22 September 2013) and • Second Sight at Stills Gallery (27 April – 21 July 2013), Edinburgh. The In Dialogue with the Flusser Archive events have been organised by Dr. Cornelia Sollfrank and made possible through funding from the Goethe-Institut Glasgow.
    Period15 May 201316 May 2013
    Event titleIn Dialogue with the Flusser Archive
    Event typeConference
    LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map