Exhibition, book launch, bar on the roof terrace and short guided tour (10 pm)
Neolithic Night + Book Launch
Many Surrealists shared a special relationship with the night: The realm of dreams and premonitions offered them access to new ideas and viewpoints. Visitors to HKW are also invited to spend three nights experiencing the exhibition after dark. Master students of the Applied Cultural Studies and Cultural Semiotics at the University of Potsdam who have researched the exhibition will be on site from 7.30-11.30pm to answer questions or engage in discussions. HKW’s roof terrace will offer beverages and a space for conversations.
Starting at 9pm, curator Tom Holert will present the publication accompanying the exhibition Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930 in conversation with Irene Albers, Jenny Nachtigall, NLF Team, Kerstin Stakemeier, and Elena Vogman. The volume brings together essays by the curators and academics involved in the project, primary texts by Carl Einstein and a comprehensive documentation of the exhibition. A glossary discusses Carl Einstein’s own theoretical vocabulary as well as further associated terms.
Irene Albers and Elena Vogman will talk about their recent book publications Der diskrete Charme der Anthropologie—Michel Leiris’ ethnologische Poetik and Sinnliches Denken. Eisensteins exzentrische Methode.
Irene Albers is Professor for General and Comparative Literature and Romance Philology at the Freie Universität Berlin. The focus of her research is the relationship between literature and photography, the embodiment of the emotions in Romanic novels, and the relationship between literature and Ethnology among surrealist circles and the Collège des Sociologie, in particular Michel Leiris. Editor of among other works, the German translation of Collège de sociologie 1937–1939 (2012, with Stephan Moebius) and the volume Animismus—Revisionen der Moderne (Animism—Revisions of Modernity, 2012, with Anselm Franke), in July she will publish Der diskrete Charme der Anthropologie—Michel Leiris’ ethnologische Poetik about the ethnological gaze of Michel Leiris.
Jenny Nachtigall works at the Institute for Philosophy and Aesthetic Theory of the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. In 2016 she completed her PhD Beyond Modernism: Form as Contradiction in Berlin Dada at University College London. She currently works on the afterlives of vitalism in modern and contemporary art and theory. Recent publications include Realism after Fetishism (2018, with Veronika Thanner et al.) and Klassensprachen—Written Praxis (2017, with Manuela Ammer et al.). Among other journals, she writes for Texte zur Kunst and Artforum.
NLF has been conceiving and designing visual communication, with a focus on print and exhibition design, since 2014. The team is based in Hamburg and Berlin and is comprised of Nils Reinke-Dieker, Larissa Starke and Friederike Wolf.
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Elena Vogman is an author, independent curator, and Postdoctoral Fellow in the research project “Rhythm and Projection” at the Institute of General and Comparative Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her first book Sinnliches Denken: Eisensteins exzentrische Methode, based on her dissertation, was published by Diaphanes in 2018. Her next book, Dance of Values: Eisenstein’s Capital Project, will be published in fall 2018. Together with Rebecchi and Till Gathmann, she curated the exhibitions Sergei Eisenstein: The Anthropology of Rhythm at NOMAS Foundation, Rome (2017) and Eccentric Values after Eisenstein at Espace Diaphanes in Berlin (2018).