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2018, Fri, Jun 29

Neolithic Night + Book Launch

© Laura Fiorio | Jakob Hoff

© Laura Fiorio | Jakob Hoff

Many Surrealists shared a special relationship with the night: The realm of dreams and premonitions offered them access to new ideas and viewpoints. Visitors to HKW are also invited to spend three nights experiencing the exhibition after dark. Master students of the Applied Cultural Studies and Cultural Semiotics at the University of Potsdam who have researched the exhibition will be on site from 7.30-11.30pm to answer questions or engage in discussions. HKW’s roof terrace will offer beverages and a space for conversations.

Starting at 9pm, curator Tom Holert will present the publication for the exhibition Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930 in a conversation with Irene Albers and Elena Vogman. The volume brings together essays by the curators and academics involved in the project, primary texts by Carl Einstein and a comprehensive documentation of the exhibition. A glossary discusses Carl Einstein’s own theoretical vocabulary as well as further associated terms.

Irene Albers and Elena Vogman will talk about their recent book publications Der diskrete Charme der Anthropologie—Michel Leiris’ ethnologische Poetik and Sinnliches Denken. Eisensteins exzentrische Methode.

Irene Albers is Professor for General and Comparative Literature and Romance Philology at the Freie Universität Berlin. The focus of her research is the relationship between literature and photography, the embodiment of the emotions in Romanic novels, and the relationship between literature and Ethnology among surrealist circles and the Collège des Sociologie, in particular Michel Leiris. Editor of among other works, the German translation of Collège de sociologie 1937–1939 (2012, with Stephan Moebius) and the volume Animismus—Revisionen der Moderne (Animism—Revisions of Modernity, 2012, with Anselm Franke), in July she will publish Der diskrete Charme der Anthropologie—Michel Leiris’ ethnologische Poetik about the ethnological gaze of Michel Leiris.

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).