Publications 2015

In Vilém Flusser’s approach to rethinking the arts in face of our fundamentally technologically determined existence, a new concretion is only possible by passing through radical abstraction and calculation. In his view, the technical image as artistic imagination offered an alternative to constantly reproducing the same – and he elaborated this new faculty of imagination both in his writings and in dialogue with artists. The publication addresses Flusser’s dynamic relationship to the arts, enhancing the exhibition with contributions to the current research and new materials.

The catalogue contains texts by international authors such as David Ross, Constance Lewallen and Lisa Steib, previously unknown works and documents like work notes and sketches, as well as recently written statements penned specifically for the exhibition by Fox’s contemporaries, including Vito Acconci, Tom Marioni and Bill Viola. The book differentiates between documentary recording and an “art piece” used to capture the creation of a performance in a photograph or video. Funded by the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung.

Georg Katzer (*1935) studied composition with Rudolf Wagner-Regeny and Ruth Zechlin. He was a master student of Hanns Eisler at the Deutsche Akademie der Künste, Berlin (in East Germany). At the beginning of the 1980s he founded the Studio for Electroacoustic Music at the Akademie der Künste of the GDR. The CD is published on the composer’s 80th birthday.

The Akademie der Künste in West Berlin was an important meeting place for artists. Architects, painters, actors, musicians and writers met here for the members’ general meetings that Karin Gaa captured in photographs from 1974 to 1990; her images allowing us previously unknown insights into this West Berlin institution. More important than the official events were the private conversations: Bernhard Minetti speaking with Joseph Beuys, Günter Grass laughing with Peter Weiss, Uwe Johnson with Sarah Kirsch.