Online Conference 2020
Vilém Flusser and His “Languages”




We are excited to announce our conference Vilém Flusser and His “Languages”.

The conference is made up of two parts: Discourse and Dialogue. The Discourse, pre-recorded presentations and artworks, is online and accessible to everyone from the 15th to the 30th of June.

We will discuss these talks and answer questions in form of a live video conference on 29th and 30th June. If you would like to be part of the video conference, please register here, or send us an email to info@flusser-archive.org. The video conference link won't be public. Only the registered participants will receive it via email.

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2020 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Czech-Brazilian cultural theorist and philosopher Vilém Flusser (1920–1991). On this occasion, the aim of this two-day conference is to bring emerging and experienced artists and scholars together in order to discuss Flusser’s ideas and concepts on language and his philosophy of language. Flusser is relatively well known for his media theoretical concepts such as the telematic (or network) society or technical images, but less known for his deliberations on the philosophy of language.

Many thinkers also separate two main periods in Flusser’s oeuvre: 1) his early years in Brazil, when he developed his thought on languages; and 2) his later years in Europe, focussing on media and communication theories. Our event sees these phases not as divided stages of Flusser’s work, but instead, as continuous developments and results of his thought as there are important correlations between them. E.g. Flusser’s cybernetic arguments in his famous book Into the Universe of Technical Images (1985) can be traced back to his early work Language and Reality (1963). 

Flusser wrote intensively in four languages: German, Portuguese, English, and French. However, he always rewrote and retranslated his texts from one language into another in order to complete a cultural translation in his own way. His style of writing is considered radically non-academic, essayistic, and artistic. He was a master of short essays that quickly come to the point and sometimes have an unexpected ending. Many scholars see his way of writing and thinking as a specific method of language use (e.g. Guldin 2016, Mozzini 2015) that is often considered as his own artistic practice (Marburger 2016). Therefore, in the title of the conference, we use “languages” to refer to Flusser’s individual way of playing with (and against) the limited tools of languages.

Therefore, we invited artists and scholars to submit abstracts about their research or artistic work related to the theme of the conference and we selected 16 presentations. Moreover, there will be two keynote presentations, and a virtual exhibition with six artists.




Dr. Anita Jóri, Research Associate
Vilém Flusser Archive






Vilém Flusser Archive

Berlin University of the Arts
Vilém Flusser Archive (Room 208)
Grunewaldstr. 2-5
10823 Berlin
GERMANY

Conference 2020

2020 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Czech-Brazilian cultural theorist and philosopher Vilém Flusser (1920–1991). On this occasion, the aim of this two-day conference is to bring emerging and experienced artists and scholars together in order to discuss Flusser’s ideas and concepts on language and his philosophy of language.

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Organizers

Dr. Anita Jóri
Stephanie Holl-Trieu
Hana Yoo