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Image & Imagination Conference, NYU

Image and Imagination
Image and Imagination

Thursday, October 13 - Saturday, October 15, 2005
at New York University

During the last few decades, the growing importance of images has triggered intensive public debate. Following the "linguistic turn" of the humanities during the 20th century, an "iconic turn" could lead to an equally fundamental reconstitution not only of the humanities but also our ways of communication. The conference will bring together experts from the USA and Europe who will address issues of the individual and collective imagination in creating and understanding images.

We hope you will join us in this thought-provoking event.

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact

Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003
+1 212 998 8660 or 998 8663
or visit our website at


 Morana Alac (University of Chicago)
 Gottfried Boehm (Universität Basel)
 Gabriele Brandstetter (Freie Universität Berlin)
 Marvin Carlson (City University of New York)
 Lisa Cartwright (University of Chicago)
 Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie Universität Berlin)
 Gunter Gebauer (Freie Universität Berlin)
 Claude Ghez (Columbia University)
 Bernd Hüppauf (New York University)
 Gertrud Koch (Freie Universität Berlin)
 Karlheinz Kohl (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
 Gabriele Leidloff (Artist, Berlin)
 Dieter Mersch (Universität Potsdam)
 W.J.T. Mitchell (University of Chicago)
 Anthony Movshon (New York University)
 Ludwig Pfeiffer (Universität Siegen)
 David Poeppel (University of Maryland, College Park)
 Roland Posner (Technische Universität Berlin)
 Martin Puchner (Columbia University)
 Britta Schinzel (Universität Freiburg)
 Rebecca Schneider (Brown University)
 Peter Sloterdijk (Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe)
 Christoph Wulf (Freie Universität Berlin)

Conference Program

Thursday, 13 October

Location: Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South

 10:00-10:15 Introduction
 Bernd Huppauf/Christoph Wulf

 10:15-11:45 Theories of the Visual Imagination
 W.J.T. Mitchell: The Unimaginable and the Unspeakable
 Christoph Wulf: Mimesis, Image, and Imagination

 11:45-12:00 Break

 12:00-14:00 Contemporary Art and Image Theory
 Video presentation by artist Gabriele Leidloff (Berlin)
 Imaging and Imagining the Face. Image generating techniques and what they do not generate.
 Round table discussion with Claude Ghez, Gabriele Leidloff, David Poeppel

 Afternoon session at  Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center Rm 101, 32 Waverly Place

 15:30-17:30 Constructing images 1
 Lisa Cartwright and Morana Alac: Affect, Identification, and Embodied Experience: Participant Observation in MRI and Robotics
 Britta Schinzel: The body in medical imaging between reality and construction

Friday 14 October
Morning sessions at Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews

 9:00-10:45 Constructing images 2
 Anthony Movshon and collaborators: Images and the Neurosciences

 10:45-11:00 Break

 11:00 - 12:00 KEY NOTE ADDRESS
 Peter Sloterdijk: Image and Imagination
 Followed by reception
 Location: Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center Rm 101, 32 Waverly Place

 Afternoon sessions at Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews

 14:00-15:30 Creating Images and the Visual Imagination
 Gabriele Brandstetter: Doodling, Scraping, and Painting Over. Erasure as a Narrative Technique
 Dieter Mersch: Imagination and Creativity

 15:30-15:45 Break

 15:45 -17:15 Rituals as Images
 Michael Taussig: Ritual Aspects of Vision as in Abu Ghraib and the Colors of the "Fascination of the Abomination"
 Rebecca Schneider: A Small History of Images as Ritual: Reenactment and the Optical Unconsciousness

 17:15-17:30 Break

 17:30-19:00 Imagining moving images
 Gertrud Koch: Moving and Removing Images. The Cinematic Construction.
 Erika Fischer-Lichte: Performative Spaces and Imagined Spaces

Saturday 15 October
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews

 9:00-10:30 Signs, Perception and the Senses
 Gunter Gebauer: Language games and Imagination
 Roland Posner: Synaesthesia. Physiological Diagnosis, Practice of Perception, Art Program - A Semiotic Re-analysis

 10:30-10:45 Break

 10:45-12:15  The images' fuzzy logic
 Gottfried Boehm: The Logic of the indeterminate
 Bernd Huppauf: Blurring lines and creating spaces for the imagination

 13:30-15:00 Imaging and the Intuitive Self
 Karlheinz Kohl: Popular Images and the Conception of Self
 Ludger Schwarte: Intuition and Imagination. How to see something that isn't there

 15:00-15:15 Break

 15:15-16:45 Entertaining the Imagination with Images
 Ludwig Pfeiffer: Sport Rituals, Media Images, and the Imaginary
 Martin Puchner: Kierkegaards Shadow Figures and the Ethics of Squinting

 16:45-17:45 Final discussion, chaired by Marvin Carlson