Anselm Franke

Anselm Franke has been Head of Visual Arts and Film at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) since 2013. There, he initiated and curated the exhibitions Love and Ethnology: The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte) (2019/20, with Diedrich Diederichsen), Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930 (2018, with Tom Holert), Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War (2017/18, with Nida Ghouse, Paz Guevara, Antonia Majaca), 2 or 3 Tigers (2017, with Hyunjin Kim), Nervous Systems (2016, Tactical Technology Collective, Stephanie Hankey, Marek Tuszynski), Ape Culture (2015, with Hila Peleg), Forensis (2014, with Forensic Architecture), The Whole Earth (with Diedrich Diederichsen) and After Year Zero (both 2013). He previously worked as a curator at KW Berlin and as director of the Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp. In 2005 he and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus founded the Forum Expanded for the Berlin International Film Festival of which he has been co-curator since. He was the chief curator of the Taipei Biennial in 2012 and of the Shanghai Biennale in 2014. His exhibition project Animism was shown from 2009 until 2014 in collaboration with various partners in Antwerp, Berne, Vienna, Berlin, New York, Shenzhen, Seoul and Beirut. Franke received his doctorate from Goldsmiths College, London. He was appointed Professor of Curatorial Studies at the Zurich University of the Arts, effective August 1, 2022.

As of April 2022

Events

Ceremony

This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

With Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jao Moon, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau & Carlos Motta, Kandis Williams and others

Book launch, lectures, conversations, performances

Dec 17, 2022

Ceremony

Storia notturna and the End of the World

With Giulia Damiani, Carlo Ginzburg, Ulrich van Loyen, Erhard Schüttpelz, Dorothy Zinn and others

Lectures, conversations, performances

Dec 10, 2022

Ceremony

Calling (on) Wynter: A Few Responses

With Demetrius Eudell, Jon Solomon, Che Gossett

Lectures, conversations

Dec 1, 2022

Alle Veranstaltungen

Ceremony

Curator-led tour

Oct 23, 2022

The White West IV: Whose Universal?

Conference: Whose Universal?

Presentations, discussion

Jul 02–03, 2022

Beneath Image and Script

Cosmogony and Conflict in Image Systems

Presentations, discussions

Jun 24, 2022

Illiberal Arts

Curator-led tour

Nov 21, 2021

Illiberal Arts

Curator-led tour in German

Nov 20, 2021

Illiberal Arts

Incessantly Primitive Accumulation. Discussing Capitalization

With Frank Engster, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Ciarán Finlayson, Anselm Franke and Kerstin Stakemeier

Online-Workshop

Oct 28, 2021

Illiberal Arts

Subjected Materialisms. Approximations of Undialectical Lifes

With Fumi Okiji, Jenny Nachtigall, Elizabeth Povinelli, Anselm Franke and Kerstin Stakemeier

Online-Workshop

Oct 22, 2021

Counter Gravity

Premiere: Berlin [Underground]

104 min | Short presentation by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

Film

Oct 17, 2021

Counter Gravity

German premiere: The Lobby

76 min, English OV | Short presentation by Ulrike Lorenz

Film

Oct 16, 2021

Counter Gravity

Streetscapes [Dialogue] | The Last City

132 min, English OV with German subtitles | 100 min, English OV with German subtitles | Short presentations by Zohar Rubinstein, Dennis Lim & Mark Peranson

Film

Oct 16, 2021

Counter Gravity

The Airstrip

108 min, German OV | Short presentation by Ines Weizman

Film

Oct 16, 2021

Counter Gravity

Premiere: Zwei Häuser von Arno Brandlhuber | WEISS hoch ZWEI

13 min, no dialogue | 22 min

Film | #1 Film and architecture

Oct 15, 2021

Counter Gravity

Parabeton | Goff in der Wüste

100 min, no dialogue | 110 min, German OV with English subtitles | Short presentation by Marc Ries

Film | #1 Film and architecture

Oct 15, 2021

Counter Gravity

Schindlers Häuser | Bickels [Socialism]

99 min, German OV | 92 min, English OV with subtitles | Short presentations by Wilfried Reichart and Galia Bar Or

Film | #1 Film and architecture

Oct 15, 2021

Counter Gravity

Counter Gravity – Opening

Oct 14, 2021

Investigative Commons

Socializing Evidence

Conference

Oct 9, 2021

Illiberal Arts

Property Offenses. A Workshop seeking out Art’s Illiberalities

With Rosalind C. Morris, Kerstin Stakemeier and Anselm Franke

Online-workshop

Sep 23, 2021

The White West IV: Whose Universal?

Conference: The White West IV: Whose Universal?

With Norman Ajari, A. Dirk Moses, Nikhil Pal Singh, Françoise Vergès

Presentations, discussion

Jul 10, 2021

Investigative Commons

Digital Violence

How the NSO Group Enables State Terror

Public Launch: talks and screenings

Jul 3, 2021

Love and Ethnology

Die Verqueerung der Welt

Topics and forms after Hubert Fichte

Long film night, screenings and talks

Dec 6, 2019

Kanon-Fragen

De-Centering Narratives

International Solidarity and Liberation Movements at the Fringes of the Art Historical Canon

Conference

Nov 2, 2019

Afro-Sonic Mapping

Afro-Sonic Mapping: Opening Talks

With Jihan El-Tahri, Satch Hoyt, Kiluanji Kia Henda and Greg Tate

Nov 1, 2019

Afro-Sonic Mapping

Opening: Afro-Sonic Mapping

Installations, Concerts, Talks

Oct 31, 2019

Love and Ethnology

Conference: Love and Ethnology

With Renée Green, Cristóbal Lehyt, Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi, Mario Navarro, Lili Reynaud-Dewar and others

Oct 18, 2019

Art After Culture: Navigation Beyond Vision

Lectures, films, and discussions

Apr 05–06, 2019

Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930

Introduction

With Anselm Franke & Tom Holert

May 26, 2018

Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930

Discussion

Lecture

May 26, 2018

Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War

Anselm Franke: Notes on the Legacy of the CCF

Short Talk

Dec 15, 2017

Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War

Berlin, arena of the Cold War

Expert talk with Anselm Franke & Thomas Flierl

Talk

Dec 3, 2017

Art Without Death: Russian Cosmism

Cosmism, Universalism, Contemporary Art

Presentations by Trevor Paglen and Arseny Zhilyaev, Discussion with Hito Steyerl and Anton Vidokle, moderated by Anselm Franke

Conference

Sep 2, 2017

2 or 3 Tigers

Anselm Franke: Frontiers and Media

Survey Talk

Jun 17, 2017

The Apparatus of Racism

The Apparatus of Racism: Day 1

With Ayşe Güleç, Eyal Weizman, Nafeez Ahmed, Yann Moulier Boutang, Liz Fekete and others

Discourse program

Mar 8, 2017

Nervous Systems

Finissage Lectures

With Franco Berardi, Laboria Cuboniks, Evgeny Morozov, Ana Teixeira Pinto and Seb Franklin

Lectures

May 8, 2016

Global Modernisms

Contiguities, Infrastructures and Aesthetic Practices

Conference

Nov 6, 2015

Ape Culture

Guided tour with the curator

With Anselm Franke

Jul 5, 2015

Ape Culture

Opening

Apr 29, 2015

Labour in a Single Shot

Thinking with Farocki 2

With Filipa César, Diedrich Diederichsen, Klaus Wyborny, and Anselm Franke

Presentations

Feb 27, 2015

Anthropocene Observatory

Anthropocene Observatory – Can We Control the Earth?

with Armin Linke, Territorial Agency / John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog

Artist Talk

Nov 16, 2014

Anthropocene Observatory

#4 The Dark Abyss of Time

Exhibition

Oct 17–Dec 8, 2014

The Otolith Group: Medium Earth

The Otolith Group: Medium Earth

Exhibition

Oct 17–Dec 8, 2014

Forensis

Forensics and Human Rights Abuse

Wolfgang Kaleck in conversation with Anselm Franke

Conversation

Mar 16, 2014

Anthropocene Observatory

#3 Down to Earth

What is our Epoch? How do we measure it?

Exhibition

Mar 15–May 5, 2014

Anthropocene Observatory

# 2 Empire of Calculus

Can we control the earth?

Documentation, Films, Exhibition

Jan 24–Feb 24, 2014

After Year Zero

World Order & Horizons after 1945

Anselm Franke, Silvia Fehrmann

HKW Wissensclub #4

Nov 1, 2013

The Whole Earth

The Blue Planet – The History of an Image

Conversation with Anselm Franke

HKW Wissensclub #3

May 31, 2013

The Whole Earth

Van Dyke Parks in conversation with Anselm Franke and Detlef Diederichsen

May 10, 2013

Animism

Animism

Exhibition

Mar 16–May 6, 2012