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Flusserian Apparatus in Berlin

ESTAR presented a lecture performance at the Akademie der Künst, Berlin as part of the finissage of the exhibition Without Firm Ground, Vilém Flusser and the Arts

Into the Universe of Technical History: An Expedition to the Fluvial Origin of the Apparatus in Brazil, 1825-1835

Lyric philosopher Vilém Flusser (1920-1991), the “rootless” exile who lived much of his life in Brazil, has been celebrated for his prescient vision of contemporary experience as dominated by the hallucinatory effect of “technical images” (pictures produced by “apparatuses” such as the camera, the computer, and now the smart phone). Created in the obscured chamber of the “black box,” these images can enspell if not properly decoded. Clues, in the form of a group of extraordinary objects recently uncovered in the “W Cache,” suggest the possibility of recovering from the historical archive lost methods of metempsychotic engagement with the apparatus and somatic attunement with its programatic codes. These boxes lead upriver in space and time to the fluvial origins of the photographic apparatus in Brazil during the years 1825-1835, and figure in a set of attentional rituals directed towards early technical images apprehended in the act of their enchantment.

The research consortium ESTAR (SER) will present its findings and further activate these recovered practices in a brief experiential workshop.