Tom Holert works as an art historian, writer, curator, and artist in Berlin. In 2015 he co-founded the Harun Farocki Institut in Berlin. During the 1990s he was an editor with Texte zur Kunst and a publisher of Spex magazine in Cologne. Since then, Holert has taught and conducted research at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, ZHdK in Zurich, the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, and Freie Universität Berlin, among others. Recent publications include: Marion von Osten: Once We Were Artists (2017, ed. with Maria Hlavajova), Troubling Research: Performing Knowledge in the Arts (2014, with Johanna Schaffer et al.), and Übergriffe. Zustände und Zuständigkeiten der Gegenwartskunst (2014) (on the conditions of contemporary art).
Zairong Xiang is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Potsdam University with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Research Training Group Minor Cosmopolitanisms. He has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the binational cotutelle at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and Université de Perpignan Via Domitia. From 2014 to 2016, he was Research Fellow at the ICI Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin. He has published on feminist theology, camp and film, decolonization of translation, queer theory, and the darkroom. His first book Queer Ancient Way is forthcoming. He is co-editor of the special issue Hyperimage for 新美术: Journal of National Academy of Art (February 2018) and of “The Ontology of the Couple” for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (forthcoming 2019).
Part of the conference Deep Time and Crisis, c. 1930