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Dictionary of Now

2015—2018

Series of events and publication

The changes and disruptions of the past hundred years have shaped our conception of reality, our thought, and our language. The Dictionary of Now series reflects on the capacity of language to both depict and create reality. Since the modern age this has gone hand in hand with the search for universal truths and codified usages. The Dictionary of Now confronts this assertion of linguistic universalism with specific contemporary positions.

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Achille Mbembe: The Violence of Borders

Part of “Dictionary of Now #6 - Violence” English original version Lecture, May 11, 2017

Audio – 0:30:02

Achille Mbembe: The Violence of Borders

Part of “Dictionary of Now #6 - Violence” English original version Lecture, May 11, 2017

Audio – 0:29:33

Achille Mbembe: The Violence of Borders (German)

Part of “Dictionary of Now #6 - Violence” German translation Lecture, May 11, 2017

Video – 0:14:24

Taiye Selasi: Airport

Part of “Dictionary of Now #6 - Violence” English original version Reading, May 11, 2017

Video – 0:45:10

David Theo Goldberg: Racial Politics as Civil War

Part of “Dictionary of Now #6 - Violence” English original version Lecture, May 11, 2017

Audio – 1:17:47

Françoise Vergès – BODY

Thu, Nov 03, 2016 8pm Friedrich-Kopsch-Auditorium at the Institut für Anatomie of the Charité hospital, Berlin

Gallery – 8 pictures

Kader Attia, Françoise Vergès and others – BODY

Thu, Nov 03, 2016 8 pm Friedrich-Kopsch-Auditorium at the Institut für Anatomie of the Charité hospital, Berlin

Video – 1:31:09

Kader Attia, Françoise Vergès and others – BODY (German, English

Dictionary of Now #5 Original version Nov 3, 2016 Friedrich-Kopsch-Auditorium at the Institut für Anatomie of the Charité hospital, Berlin

Audio – 0:13:06

Kader Attia – BODY

Dictionary of Now #5 English original version Introduction, Nov 3, 2016 Friedrich-Kopsch-Auditorium at the Institut für Anatomie of the Charité hospital, Berlin

Gallery – 12 pictures

Sharon Macdonald, Tony Bennett & Arjun Appadurai – THING

Mon, Oct 10, 2016 7pm Ethnologisches Museum Berlin

Audio – 2:47:56

Sharon Macdonald, Tony Bennett & Arjun Appadurai – THING (German, English)

Dictionary of Now #4 Original version Lectures, talk, Oct 10, 2016 Ethnologisches Museum Berlin

Video – 2:48:18

Sharon Macdonald, Tony Bennett & Arjun Appadurai – THING

Dictionary of Now #4 Original version Lectures, talk, Oct 10, 2016 Ethnologisches Museum Berlin

Gallery – 5 pictures

Wole Soyinka & Manthia Diawara – Truth

Dictionary of Now: Wole Soyinka & Manthia Diawara – Truth Wed, May 4, 2016

Video – 1:11:51

Wole Soyinka & Manthia Diawara – Truth

Dictionary of Now #3 English original version May 4, 2016

Audio – 1:11:28

Wole Soyinka & Manthia Diawara - Truth

Dictionary of Now #3 Moderated by Bernd Scherer English original version May 4, 2016

Audio – 2:24:51

Dipesh Chakrabarty & Eyal Weizman – Forum

Dipesh Chakrabarty & Eyal Weizman – Forum Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Video – 2:09:55

Jonas Mekas: Time (German, English)

Dictionary of Now #1 With Christian König, Anne Hiller, moderated by Bernd Scherer Original version Talk, film, Nov 26, 2015