Kick-off (livestream): NWO-Project "Visualizing the Unknown"

  • Online event via Zoom
  • Date: Oct 1, 2021
  • Time: 14:30 - 16:30
This exciting project aims at reconstructing the pioneering observations of 17th-century microscopists such as Robert Hooke, Johannes Swammerdam and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek. Facing previously unknown structures such as the anatomy of insects, sperm and bacteria, these pioneering microscopists had to develop a new visual idiom to shape, record and disseminate their observations. What could they see? How did they represent their observations? [more]

Mendicants, Humanists and the Aesthetics of the Civitas. Debates and Political Culture in the 14th and 15th Centuries and their Impact on Art, Architecture and Urban Space

  • Participation possible on site or/and via zoom. Further details will be announced shortly.
  • Start: Oct 5, 2021 14:00
  • End: Oct 6, 2021 16:00
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Mendicants, Humanists and the Aesthetics of the civitas. Debates and political culture in the 14th and 15th centuries and their impact on art, architecture and urban space [more]
Mappe e carte nautiche del Rinascimento sono immagini che visualizzano in modo contreto i contatti, conflitti e scambi internazionali e, in quanto tali, il loro studio è parte integrante di una storia dell’arte attentata ai materiali dell’arte e alla loro mobilità. [more]
Referred to as "potentially the Pompeii of East Africa", the ambition to liken the ruined city of Kua in the Mafia archipelago in today’s Tanzania with one of the most famous ruined sites in Europe could hardly have been greater and continues to overshadow the Tanzanian archaeological site. [more]

"Values Resemble a Dance, Not a Statue"—Sergei Eisenstein's Capital Project

Research Seminar
Sergei Eisenstein’s planned film adaptation of Karl Marx’s Capital stands as one of the most enig-matic projects in the history of cinema. Though never realized, it has haunted the imagination of many filmmakers, historians, and philosophers to the present day. A recent look into Eisenstein’s archive revealed the full scope of his plans: between October 1927 and September 1928, he gradually transformed his working diaries into an editing board. This "visual instruction in the dialectical method", as Eisenstein himself called his project, comprises over 500 pages of notes, drawings, press clippings, expression diagrams, plans for articles, negatives from October, theoretical reflections and extensive quotations. What can be seen and read is not a film but a series of variations on the themes of economy and capitalist exploitation. [more]

Counteracting "Iconographic Silence". Resisting Censorship of the Libyan Genocide through Practice-Based Research

Research Seminar
The seminar will unpack the notion of 'iconographic silence' to consider historical forms of epistemological resistance and practice-based methodologies able to hijack those structures still contributing to the concealment of the Libyan Genocide. [more]

A Technology of Transparency

Research Seminar
Today, glass is ubiquitous, from window glass to tableware, and from eyeglasses to glass fibres, even to the extent to become almost invisible. However, this ubiquity has not always been there. [more]
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