Poetry of the Real: Archives Values Futures – 14th and 15th of June 2017

The various sections of the symposium are grouped around the terms “archive – values – futures” which, based on an extended understanding of the concept of knowledge, also allows for a discussion on power, value and future. Knowledge spawns documenting, ordering, diagnosing, systematizing as well as prognosticating practices made use of by both scientists and artists. In addition, the symposium considers the possibility of extending these practices to include new disciplines and new learning and teaching regimes, thus opening up the perspective on emerging cultures and visions concerning knowledge of the future.

The symposium takes up the challenge and explores how artistic resources can contribute to the emergence of new knowledge systems between past, present and future.


(a more detailed programme is available for download here)

Section I, Archives: Patterns of Understanding

How is the past constructed? How do memories, collections and archives create an image of the past, which in its totality remains unfathomable? From which reservoir of methods and practices, and models of time and space is new knowledge drawn?

Section II, Values: Art and Knowledge

In their role as knowledge-regulating bodies, media raise questions as to the power systems underpinning that knowledge. What impact does the transfer of media have on the production of knowledge? The difficulty of media representation and the reliance on elaborate technical procedures in data collection.

Section III, Values: Media and Knowledge

Examples from institutional practice: questions regarding the order, distribution and representation of knowledge by means of the media. Which regulatory bodies step into action through media, not least when handling the materiality of knowledge. What significance is given to the knowledge-generating effect every intervention has on material and media culture?

Section IV, Futures: The Emerging Real

This section raises questions as to the expansion of acknowledged aesthetic and scientific practices in view of the current reordering of knowledge, with respect to the future of art, design and the media.


Carla Delfos, Taco Dibbits, Lars Ebert, Prof. Francesco Erspamer PhD, Jürgen Enge, Jana Eske, Valie Export, Prof. Dr. Melanie Franke, Prof. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun PhD, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kannonier, Dr. Mario Klinger, Prof. Kirsten Langkilde, Dr. Linda Ludwig, Dr. Tabea Lurk, Prof. Dr. Thomas Macho, Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis, Prof. Chus Martinez, Prof. Dr. Nicolaj van der Meulen, Dr. Christine Schranz, Dr. Shintaro Miyazaki, Dr. Susanne Neubauer, Prof. Michael Renner, Prof. Pierluigi Sacco PhD, Prof. Jeffrey Schnapp PhD, Christian Schneegass, Prof. Chris Wainwright, Prof. Heinz Wagner and Prof. Dr. Jörg Wiesel

Poetry of the Real: Archives Values Futures

14th/15th of June 2017 from 9 am until 6 pm
FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Campus of the Arts, Freilager-Platz 1, CH-4023 Basel, Auditorium
The conference is free of charge.

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