Rosi Braidotti

We need more planetary dimensions!

My life-long engagement in the project of nomadic subjectivity rests on a specific cartography of our globalised times, marked by large-scale and technologically-mediated transformations of our social, economic and political universes. I start from the assumption that, as a result of these upheavals, traditional forms of self-representation, familiar cultural points of reference and age-old habits of thought are being re-composed, albeit in contradictory ways.

Our historical context is marked by the schizoid structure of technology-driven advanced capitalism, as Deleuze and Guattari lucidly put it. Examples of the non-linear and internally contradictory ways of the working of this system are the vast accumulation of wealth alongside growing disparities in income, well-being and access to the very technologies that sustain our economy. Another example is the paradox of a world economy linked by a thick web of transnational flows of capital and labour, which functions through different forms and speeds of mobility, including...

  • Feminismus
  • Kapitalismus
  • Identität
  • Globalisierung
  • Europa
Michael Mayer: Zone
Simon Critchley: Gedächtnistheater
Inke Arns (Hg.), Sylvia Sasse (Hg.), ...: Nikolaj Evreinov: »Sturm auf den Winterpalast«
Christian Marazzi: Le socialisme du capital
Gertrud Koch: Breaking Bad, Breaking Out, Breaking Even


Sebastian Vehlken

Zombies, Panic Prevention, Crowd Simulation

Calculating disasters today means to coalesce empirical data of past catastrophies, observational data of mass events, and the computer-based experimentation and scenario-building with virtual ABM models of realistic agents and spatial environments. It thus combines analytical and synthetic approaches, supported by advanced visualization techniques, in the areas of crowd simulation, capturing, and sensing. With the latter, the crowd itself becomes kind of an operational medium – not only for its internal organization, but as a medium that helps regulating the multiple sensations and possible affections in a crowd in a real-time feedback loop to a computer model – a model, that in turn itself feeds back to the real-life crowd, sending information or warnings to the handheld devices of the app’s users. However, one would still rather question the applicability of the proposed feedback loop, as most people with the crowd sensing app most likely would not read the (individualized) directives appearing...

  • Affekte
  • Panik
  • Epistemologie
  • Massenpsychologie
  • Ansteckung
Dieter Mersch

For an aesthetic mode of thought beyond the “linguistic turn”

To begin our journey, we must first examine the question of art as beauty and of aesthetics as a branch of philosophy—not simply as a theory of perception, but first and foremost as a science of the ‘beautiful’ and the ‘sublime’. In the early modern period, whenever the arts are mentioned, they are almost always referred to as the ‘fine’ or beautiful arts. As is well-known, aesthetics has two beginnings; in the eighteenth century and in the nineteenth century. Alexander Baumgarten first defined aesthetics as a scientia sensitiva or science of perception. In German Idealism, Georg ­Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, and Friedrich Hölderlin revisited aesthetics, ­defining it as a theory of art. The relationship between the two is not immediately clear. The former was grounded mostly in aisthēsis, a form of cognition classified as belonging to the physical abilities of sensations, and was situated in the lower...

  • Künstlerische Forschung
  • Diskursanalyse
  • Denkt Kunst
  • Epistemologie
  • Ästhetik


Epistemologies, Aesthetics, Politics
Epistemologies, Aesthetics, Politics

Marie-Luise Angerer (Hg.), Bernd Bösel (Hg.), ...

Timing of Affect

For many years now, the time of affect has been a major issue in the humanities, sciences, art and media. Affect stands here for feelings, emotions, processes of affection, for movements of the bodies, for a missing time – with one word: for a broad range of ideas and discursive contexts and histories. Timing of Affect assembles contributions from different disciplines – from philosophy to film, music, sound, media and art, through to technology, computation and neurology – to explore...
  • Epistemologie
  • Körper
  • Ästhetik
  • Medientheorie
  • Affekte
Richard Ingersoll

A door that is opened and closed at the same time

The recourse to irony may seem singularly inappropriate to the field of architecture if by architecture one ascribes Durand’s “the art of the necessary.” Building as structure, material, and social program would seem to be the most direct and irony-free cultural phenomenon: structure and materials have a legal responsibility to function properly; and shelter is a basic human imperative. In this sense there is incontrovertible quiddity in the weight, expense, and purpose of architecture. But if one asks, along with Nikolaus Pevsner, if utilitarian structures such as the bicycle shed qualify as architecture, one is forced to recognize that architecture belongs to a discourse that goes far beyond the phenomenal acts of shelter and construction because it is circumscribed by texts and subject to interpretation. With the recognition of the textuality of architecture, the question of irony, a quintessential result of interpretation, becomes a significant effect of architecture, if not...

  • Frank Gehry
  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Illusionismus
  • Postmoderne
  • Ironie
Till Breyer, Tillmann Severin

Numerische Verhältnisse

ECTS ist ein Währungssystem, dessen Akkreditierungsagenturen ganz im Stile der Rating Agenturen fortwährend die richtige Bewertung ökonomischer Potenziale zu finden versuchen: Aus dem Umstand, dass »zwischen dem für das Erreichen der Lernergebnisse vorgesehenen und dem tatsächlichen Arbeitsaufwand erhebliche Diskrepanzen« festgestellt wurden, folgern die Autoren des Bologna Glossary im Jahr 2006 »einen erheblichen Bedarf an Informations- und Erfahrungsaustausch.« Geleistete Stunden sollen also besser abgebildet werden, um eine Währungserosion zu vermeiden und zu verhindern, dass am Ende ECTS-zertifizierte Akademiker wie Falschgeld durch den europäischen Wirtschaftsraum zirkulieren.

Wie aber sähe dieser Erfahrungsaustausch in den Geisteswissenschaften aus? Soll genau belegt werden, wie lange es durchschnittlich dauert, bis man Kafkas »Prozess« verstanden hat? Bis man einen Eindruck vom Verschwinden des modernen Menschen bekommen hat, das Foucault beschreibt? Oder bis man in kritischer Weise mit dem Begriff der »Kontrollgesellschaft« umzugehen weiß? Die »Diskrepanz« zwischen bescheinigter und geleisteter Arbeitszeit, um die die Akteure des Bologna-Prozesses sich sorgen, scheint...

  • Kompetenzmessung
  • Bildungspolitik
  • Bildung
  • Ökonomisierung
  • Bologna-Prozess