Epistemology of Measurement

Discussion between Lucy Powell (Berlin) and Oxana Timofeeva (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)
January 15th, 2014

The research project »Towards (Im)measurability of Art and Life« by Miya Yoshida (Art & Civic Media, Innovation Incubator, Lüneburg) addresses the ambivalence of measurement and measurability in contemporary realities and questions the apparent tendency to increasingly classify more and more dimensions of our life and to translate them into numbers and predefined categories.

As part of the research project three events have been scheduled for December 2013 and January 2014 at Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg. For each event, one artist and one scientist are invited to give a presentation about their work which will lead into a discussion. The aim is to intersect two different approaches and ideas on measurement and measurability.

Lucy Powell is an artist currently based in Berlin which is interested in forms of intelligence and knowledge of different forms of human and non-human life. She is also the co-founder of the discussion group Satellite Salon on art and science. Oxana Timofeeva is a senior research fellow of the Institute of Philosophy at Russian Academy of Science in Moscow, currently a Humboldtian fellow at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and member of »Chto Delat?«. She is the author of »History of Animals: An Essay on Negativity, Immanence and Freedom« (Maastricht, 2012) and »Introduction to the Erotic Philosophy of Georges Bataille« (Moscow, 2009).

The events are based on a cooperation of the research project »Art & Civic Media« of Innovation Incubator of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Heidelberger Kunstverein, and Institut français.

The Innovation Incubator is an EU major project, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and by the federal state of Lower Saxony.