30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Science, Art, and Theory
Leuphana University of Lüneburg
21 – 22 May 2014
With Jean-Louis Boissier (F, t.b.c.), Francesca Gallo (I), Charlie Gere (UK), Florian Hecker (D/US), Robin MacKay (UK), Bernard Stiegler (F), Tim Otto Roth (D), and Anne-Elisabeth Sejten (DK).
Organised by Yuk Hui and Andreas Broeckmann, Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana Universität.
This symposium is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Jean-François Lyotard's exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1985, entitled Les Immatériaux. The exhibition wanted to demonstrate the emergence of a new materiality produced by the advancement in telecommunications technology. The prefix im- announced a break from the modern conception of material, language, body, science, and art. Les Immatériaux showed how the desire of modernity produced a negation of itself and passed on to a new cultural form which Lyotard named postmodern. This symposium traces the discourses in the exhibition and its intellectual environment of the late 1970s and 80s, and it reflects on the new material conditions brought up by digital technologies in the last 30 years. What kind of sensibility is appropriate for our current material condition?
Dr. Yuk Hui, Centre for Digital Cultures
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Scharnhorstr. 1, 21335 Lüneburg
A project of the Art and Civic Media Lab at Leuphana University's Centre for Digital Cultures, in cooperation with the Leuphana Arts Program.