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The Whole Earth
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 Panel with Anselm Franke and Diedrich Diederichsen
Ambiguous Californian Images
Paradoxical, puzzling images: optical illusions force a change in perspective to choose between several motifs in an image, but also describe the dialectical change of a motif into its opposite. This applies to the image of the earth and California in the 1960s and 1970s: where the expansionist “frontier” turns towards the inside ecologically and psychologically, and the attempted outbreak into a new world becomes a new enclosure, and the flight from the technologized world becomes a world liberated technology. A conversation about the fundamental contradictions in the California counterculture and ambiguous images as a foundational motif in the exhibition The Whole Earth: California and the Disappearance of the Outside. With co-curators Anselm Franke and Diedrich Diederichsen.
Diedrich Diederichsen is a writer, music journalist, cultural critic, and professor for the theory, practice, and presentation of contemporary art at Vienna’s Akademie der bildenden Künste.
Anselm Franke is head of visual arts and film at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Bernd Scherer is director at HKW.