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For a Critique of Spatial Reason

May 22,11:00, 2014

Anatopy is the name for an error on a map, and nonetheless retains the potential to challenge positivist assumptions about the representation of space. Anatopies thus invoke operations of displacement divorcing places from their supposedly fixed topographical position, perfomative acts that undo standardized spatialities, whether those be the cartographic space of geography or the fetishized space of globalization, the extensional semantics of classical logic or spatial schematizations in art, dance, and literature.

Rephrasing Jacques Rancière’s call for a historiography based on anachrony, the workshop seeked to “redeem spatialities from a homogenous and linear understanding” through an investigation of theories, methods, and acts that challenge and sabotage our normative conceptions of space and time.


11:00 Jamila Mascat, Filippo Trentin and Stefano Osnaghi (ICI Berlin)
What is an Anatopy?

11:15 Wolfgang Struck (University of Erfurt)
Atlas, revised

12:15 Russel West-Pavlov (University of Tübingen)
From the Social Constructions of Space to the Spatial Construction of Society

13:15 Lunch break

15:30 John David Rhodes (Sussex University) 
The Spectacle of Property

16:30 Michele Cometa (University of Palermo) 
Blankspaces. Rereading Goethe’s Elective Affinities

17:30 Discussion

Flyer (PDF)

The workshop was a cooperation between the ICI Berlin, Bard College Berlin, a Liberal Arts University, and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino

Time: Thursday, 22 May 2014, 11:00
Venue: ICI Berlin
In English

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