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Aesthetic Seminar. Signer's Temporalities

Inge Hinterwaldner is currently professor for modern and contemporary art in the Institute of Art and Visual History at the Humboldt University in Berlin

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Thursday 11 May 2017,  at 14:15 - 17:00

"… and the cooker exploded. All the soup hit the ceiling. A wonderful sculpture, fantastic!" From this comment by Roman Signer who by chance witnessed his aunt's misfortune, we can sense the humour of the Swiss artist that leaks also into his works. He arranges unstable situations where prosaic everyday things meet forces (eg. TNT, gravity, stream water). Together, they tend to act out movements of various and surprising kind. In contrast to positions that characterise Signer's detonations as being 'destructive', Hinterwaldner frames his oeuvre in terms of 'temporality' that may comprise also very quick forming procedures. His works are discussed in relation to the French philosophers Henri Bergson and Gaston Bachelard. The latter criticized Bergson's notions of duration due to its incompatibility with rupture and the discontinuous. Is it possible to connect both concepts to Signer's oeuvre and how does the sculptor himself perceive his own plastic events?


The lecture is open to the public.

Speaker: Inge Hinterwaldner