Speculations on Anonymous Materials symposium

Speculations on Anonymous Materials symposium


Graphic design: Zak Group.

December 16, 2013

Symposium: “Speculations on Anonymous Materials”
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 11–20h

Friedrichsplatz 18
34117 Kassel
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11–19h,
Thursday 11–20h

T +49 561 707 27 20


Participants: Maurizio Ferraris, Markus Gabriel, Iain Hamilton Grant, Robin Mackay, Reza Negarestani

Moderator: Armen Avanessian

The “Speculations on Anonymous Materials” symposium brings together different approaches in philosophy, which in their own way all aim to go beyond modern and postmodern thinking. The symposium is based on the following hypothesis: The fundamental technological, scientific and socio-political changes at the beginning of the 21st century have caused sharp caesuras in both philosophy and art.

The exhibition Speculations on Anonymous Materials presents artistic practices that yet have to claim a place in art history and art theory—just as the philosophical approaches brought together in this symposium cannot be grasped as a single homogenous movement.

This merging of art and philosophy is grounded on the methodological assumption that contemporary art and speculative philosophy, perhaps without yet being aware of the fact and despite their different modes of existence, are driven by a common interest. The symposium’s quest for a new terminology and a new grammar of thinking about contemporary art will focus on new meanings of materiality, matter and materialism.

Concept: Armen Avanessian, Tom Lamberty, Susanne Pfeffer, Nina Tabassomi

All lectures will be in English.
Admission is free—please rsvp to symposium [​at​] fridericianum.org.

The symposium takes place in the context of the exhibition Speculations on Anonymous Materials, on view at Fridericianum until January 26, 2014.

Press contact
Carolin Wuerthner
T  +49 561 707 27 89 / press [​at​] fridericianum.org


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