Lüneburg, May 21 – 22, 2014
30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Science, Art, and Theory
21 – 22 May 2014
Centre for Digital Cultures
Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Postoffice Building, Sülztorstr. 21-25, 2nd floor
This symposium is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Jean-François Lyotard’s exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1985, entitled Les Immatériaux. The exhibition wanted to demonstrate the emergence of a new materiality produced by the advancement in telecommunications technology. The prefix im- announced a break from the modern conception of material, language, body, science, and art. Les Immatériaux showed how the desire of modernity produced a negation of itself and passed on to a new cultural form which Lyotard named postmodern. The symposium traces the discourses in the exhibition and its intellectual environment of the late 1970s and 80s, and it reflects on the new material conditions brought up by digital technologies in the last 30 years. What kind of sensibility is appropriate for our current material condition?
The symposium will be held in English. Admission is free.