We cordially invite you to an afternoon symposium (in English)

Saturday,  Sept. 29, 2012

4 pm, Robin Mackay 
- Speculative Realism / Urbanomic

5 pm, Jan Verwoert 
- “How Do I Know That What I Saw Last Night Was Real and Not Just Fantasy?”

Jol Thomson has invited guests Robin Mackay and Jan Verwoert  to give presentations in the form of a symposium. The artist, instead of presenting his own object-oriented art works, offers the possibility of self-education and an investigation into the system of references that make up any (art) practice. These critically engaging lectures echo motives, which can be found throughout projects of the festival as a whole.

This project began from considering an art practice as a necessarily historical engagement with the past: "Art as citation". Jol Thomson summons and quotes the guest speakers, hosting an elaboration of the term ‘’artistic research’’ in order to define possible works from a possible future. Following this protracted inversion of time, he is interested in an approach that makes the future and past collide as a medium in the present, manifesting the referential as a “living” citation that is summoned from mutual directions in time. It is both the person speaking and the shadow of the person speaking that also defines the historical person from tomorrow.

Lecture at 4 pm,
Robin Mackay is a philosopher and director of UK publishing and arts organization Urbanomic, which promotes research activities addressing issues in philosophy and science and their correlation to contemporary art practice - it aims to engender interdisciplinary thinking and production. Robin Mackay will present and discuss his work as a publisher, curator and philosopher in the broad and intriguing field of interdisciplinary investigation tht is speculative realisms and geo-philosophy.

Lecture at 5 pm
Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory, based in Berlin. He is a contributing editor of frieze magazine, his writing has appeared in different journals, anthologies and monographs.  He is the author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous, MIT Press/Afterall Books 2006 and the essay collection Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want, Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute 2010. His talk is, "On the vivid yet unverifiable reality of feelings, memories, inspirations, and other things that go bump in the night".

Symposium (in English)
Hauptgebäude, Hörsaal A
Uni. Campus Bockenheim