” 30 Years after Les Immatériaux : Science, Art and theory”, Symposium in Lüneburg, May 21-22 2014

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.


Wednesday, 21 May

  • 13:00 – 14:00 Registration
  • 13:00 – 14:00
    Film Screening: Octave au pays des Immatériaux Auteur (dir. Daniel Soutif; Paule Zajdermann; Francois Kotlarski)
  • 14:00 – 14:30
    Introduction (Yuk Hui, Andreas Broeckmann, CDC, Leuphana Universität)
  • 14:30 – 15:30
    Jean-Louis Boissier (Paris VIII, France): Scénographie et dramaturgie des Immatériaux (lecture in French)
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Break
  • 16:00 – 17:00
    Charlie Gere (Lancaster University, UK): Voice, Trace and Incarnation in Relation to Les Immatériaux
  • 17:00 – 18:00
    Tim Otto Roth (Artist, Germany): Shadow of a Shadow? – A Physical Re-Orientation
  • 18:00 – 18:30 Break
  • 18:30 – 19:30
    Bernard Stiegler (Centre Pompidou, France) Les Immatériaux are not immaterial – What does materialism do in the time of the hypermaterial?

Thursday, 22 May

  • 09:30 – 10:30
    Andreas Broeckmann (Leuphana University, Germany): The Materiality of Immaterial Art
  • 10:30 – 11:30
    Francesca Gallo (Rome University, Italy): Contemporary Art at Les
    Immatériaux: Yesterday and Today
  • 11:30 – 11:45 Break
  • 11:45 – 12:45
    Anne Elisabeth Sejten (Roskilde University, Denmark): Exhibiting and
    Thinking: Anamnesis of the Postmodern
  • 12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00
    Florian Hecker (Artist, Germany): Reformulation (Lecture Performace)
  • 15:00 – 15:15 Break
  • 15:15 – 16:15
    Yuk Hui (Leuphana University, Lüneburg): Anamnesis and Dis-Orient-ation – A Discourse on Matter and Time
  • 16:15 – 17:15
    Robin MacKay (Urbanomics, UK): Immaterials, Between Acceleration and Anamnesis
  • 17:15 – 18:00
    Closing Discussion


Organisation & Contact:
Dr. Andreas Broeckmann, broeckmann@inkubator.leuphana.de Dr. Yuk Hui, yuk.hui@inkubator.leuphana.de Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Scharnhorststr. 1, 21335 Lüneburg

Organised by the Innovation Incubator and the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, in collaboration with the Leuphana Arts Program. The Innovation Incubator Lüneburg is an EU major project supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the federal state of Lower Saxony.

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: 30 Years after Les Immatériaux (Lüneburg, 21-22 May 14). In:
H-ArtHist, May 7, 2014. <http://arthist.net/archive/7648>.


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