Poster design: Maily Beyrens

Lecture Series Summer Semester — July 2020

Online Lecture, 2 – 31 July 2020

Unless otherwise communicated, the lectures will take place at 7 pm, online and in English. Further information about the lectures as well as the registration link can be found in the respective calendar entries.


Hajra Waheed, Untitled (2019), Edition 1/6, Etching on Paper, 9 x 12 inches, copyright: the artist

Hajra Waheed "HUM" at Portikus

Ausstellung, 11 July – 6 September 2020

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Hassan Khan: The Keys to the Kingdom

Online Lecture, 9 July 2020, 19:00

Akira Takayama: Richard Wagner meets McDonald's

Online Lecture, 7 July 2020, 19:00

Chris Speed: Co-Designing with Things

Online Lecture, 2 July 2020, 19:00

André Vida: Chiral Rapture; or, the Ambiguities

Online Lecture, 30 June 2020, 19:00

Cooking Sections: Cases of Confusion

Online Lecture, 2 June 2020, 19:00

Lecture Series Summer Semester — June 2020

Online Lecture, 2 – 30 June 2020

Emilija Škarnulytė: Sunken City

Online Lecture, 21 May 2020, 19:00

Lucy Cotter: Reclaiming Artistic Research

Online Lecture, 19 May 2020, 19:00

Iman Issa: Proxies, with a Life of Their Own

Online Lecture, 5 May 2020, 19:00

Ulrika Karlsson: Interiors after Images

Lecture, 20 February 2020, 19:00

Water Cooler Talks

Event, 14 – 16 February 2020

Rundgang 2020

Event, 14 – 16 February 2020

Rundgang Party 2020

Event, 14 February 2020, 23:00

Melissa Gordon: The Embarrassment of SUCKCESS

Lecture, 5 February 2020, 19:00

Aneta Rostkowska

Lecture, 29 January 2020, 19:00

David Brüll: Bottom-Up Coded Cultures

Lecture, 27 January 2020, 19:00

Oliver Tessmann: Material-Digital

Lecture, 23 January 2020, 19:00

Poster Tamar ChaduneliPoster Tamar Chaduneli

Tom McCarthy: Adventures of the Black Box

Lecture24 June 2019, 19:00Aula, Städelschule, Dürerstraße 10, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

"7.13 Talking of visions: as time went on, my mental picture of the Project, my baroque casting, or elaboration, of it, changed. Out went the towers and palaces—or rather, better to say they flattened, their balconies and arches, corbels, cornices and spires and all such wedding-cakery steamrollered down into a uniform consistency. What these second-generation reveries gave me in their place, compressed and smooth, was a black box. It might have still been standing in the desert; or perhaps up on a plateau, a raised plain—above a city maybe, like the Parthenon, or maybe situated (for strategic reasons) far from any settlement, but nonetheless connected to a city, or a set of cities, over which it exerted influence. Then again, sometimes this black box in which the Project had become embodied seemed to be lying on the shelf of some administrative building. More accurate, perhaps, to describe it as resting on a plane, rather than plain: one geometric shape that sat atop another. As to its size: this, too, was far from clear. It was hard, in these visions, to maintain a sense of scale. Sometimes it seemed enormous, like an emperor’s mausoleum; at others it appeared no larger than a trunk, or coffin; at others still, the size of a child’s toy- or music-box. The only constant or unchanging aspect of it was that it was black: black and inscrutable, opaque." 

Paragraph from Satin Island (2015), Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy (*1969) is a novelist whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He teaches as guest professor at the Städelschule in the summer semester 2019 and is currently a Fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme.

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