ACT − Program in Art, Culture, Technology. Artistic research and transdisciplinary cooperation at MIT

from the series of lectures “Conceptual Paradise. Artistic Practice in the Age of the Social Web”

Art, Ecology and Sustainable Development

The symposium “Art, ecology and sustainable development” deals with ecologically oriented art/architecture and investigates the relevance of the current discourses on “sustainable development”, which also accompany the EXPO 2000 in Hannover, for art and the art field. The …

Backstage I

Exhibition in three parts and three phases »Ozarichi, März 1944« in UC, Hall 25 »Megalothymia« in UC, building 10, ground floor Christian Boltanski, »Die Archive der Großeltern« in UC, building 7, basement Opening of »Backstage I« on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7pm in lecture hall 5 with …

Demanding Supplies – Nachfragende Angebote II

Dealing with – Some books, visuals, and works related to American Fine Arts, Co. Art Club 2000, Patterson Beckwith, J. St. Bernard, John Dogg, Jackie McAllister, James Meyer at Halle fuer Kunst, Lueneburg, and Stephan Dillemuth, Loretta Fahrenholz, Karl Holmqvist, Phillip Zach at Kunstraum of …

Art at Auction. A Record of Records

Christophe Spaenjers is an economist from Belgium, known in the contemporary field of art for his historical research on the art market. »Art and Money«, available in two papers co-authored with William Goetzmann (Yale University) and Luc Renneboog (Tilburg University) in 2010 and 2011, is his best …

New Patrons in Hamburg

The project of the “New Patrons” in Hamburg is a film by Harun Farocki on the work of the Quickborner Team (QT). The consulting firm specialised in designing office spaces is currently developing a new “consulting product”. During the past years, QT always called for …

Representations of the "Other". The Visual Anthropology of Pierre Bourdieu

Kunstraum der Leuphana Universitaet Lueneburg und Gallery of the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in cooperation with the Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung Berlin

1 - 1 = 2 Hybert-Marché

With Fabrice Hybert and Hans Ulrich Obrist in cooperation with the ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies

After the loss of a counter-model to capitalism - as real existing socialism formed one until its collapse - alternative concepts of economic and social development have a hard time at the beginning of the 21st century. “Alternatives” are, after all, only discussed more broadly in the …

ATLAS (spaces in subjunctive)

The ATLAS project harks back to the collaboration between the philosopher and sociologist Otto Neurath (Vienna Circle of Logical Positivism) and the artist Gerd Arntz (Cologne Progressive) in the 1920s. Within the framework of the Vienna Museum of Society and Economy, this historically first …

Demanding Supplies – Nachfragende Angebote I

with nOffice (Markus Miessen, Ralf Pflugfelder, Magnus Nilsson), Berlin/London

Border Crossing Services

A project on border, migration and refugee assistance with Martin Krenn and Oliver Ressler (Vienna)

Public / Private

Poject with Thomas Locher and Peter Zimmermann

Economies of Misery

An exhibition of photographs by Pierre Bourdieu In cooperation with Camera Austria Graz (Christine Frisinghelli), University of Geneva, Département de Sociologie (Franz Schultheis) and Fondation Pierre Bourdieu, Geneva


re publicart was a transnational research project exploring and developing progressive practices of public art. In cooperation with eipcp Vienna, Galerija Skuc Ljubljana, Goldsmiths College University of London, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art Riga


EU-Project in cooperation with Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Wien, A Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, LV Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, A MACBA, Barcelona, E


Following a rally in Paris in conjunction with a Hybert exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Fabrice Hybert and students from the University of Lüneburg transformed the campus of the University of Lüneburg into a test track for Hybert’s prototypes of participatory …

Aesthetics of Measurement

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 …


»Untitled (Bergisel)«, 1996, 1 min »Olympia«, 2001, 4 min »Entrée«, 1998/1999, 9 min »Untitled (Spiegeltuxer)«, 2011/2015, 7 min »Cup of Coffee«, 2011, 7 min »Haus der Regierung«, 2014/2017, 12 min (raw edit)

Against Art’s History. Midnight Workers, Art Strikers and Others

A workshop dedicated to discussing recent attempts at updating Marxist and materialist art histories, theories and critique, for the question: »Cui bono?« is not only addressed to art itself, but also to writing about, exhibiting and historicizing art. In preparation for the workshop a reader …

Acousmatics as a Laboratory

Acousmatics is a way of staging the voice in which the carrier of the voice is deliberately kept invisible. The Larousse Dictionary defines acousmatics as a sound that we hear without being able to see its origin. With the invention of radiophony and telephony, acousmatics – voices without a body – …

Algeria 1960. Pierre Bourdieu's initiation journey into sociology

Lecture Algeria 1960. Pierre Bourdieu’s initiation journey into sociology Friday, 04.02.2005, 14.30 h Workshop Visual Anthropology. Pierre Bourdieu in Algeria Friday, 04.02.2005, 15.00 h - open end Saturday, 05.02.2005, 10.00 h - open end

Bread and Rose Perfume: politics of abundance and pleasure against precarity - Wilson Sherwin

Remote participation is possible via the following link: (Meeting ID: 945 4470 2729; Passcode: 303114) In the late 1960s and early 1970s, at the peak of the Vietnam war, poor Black welfare recipients across the …

Cataloging Logistics. Migration, Digitisation, Forms of Life

The workshop »Cataloging Logistics 2« departs from the premise that logistics poses both a decisive terrain for contemporary transformations in social and everyday life and a critical theoretical lens for understanding the present. Beyond matters of timely concern, the workshop’s focus on …

The Image as Battlefield in the Global Cold War. From the Revolutionary Image towards the Humanitarian Misunderstanding

Between 1980 and 1986 a number of four-week courses for photography took place in Beirut, Aden (Yemen), Berlin, and Tunis. The participants were wounded, aged or young revolutionaries of various Palestinian organizations and communist associations in Lebanon who in cooperation with Horst Sturm – …

The Field of Art in Hamburg

Volker Pekron deals with questions related to the distribution of contemporary art in Hamburg. As the frame of reference for his empirical study, he did not choose notions such as the »art world« or the »(operating) system art«, but Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of the field that is connoted with …

Der Bäcker gibt mir das Brot auch so

Introduction: Ulf Wuggenig, Leuphana

The True Value of Art

Roman Kräussl’s lecture deals with development trends on art markets, particularly with the phenomenon of high price phases preferably termed »bubble« in journalistic texts. However, using economic definitions as a basis, bubbles are actually a rare phenomenon in the art market. Against this …

Down with Love. Feminist Critique and the New Ideologies of Work

Kathi Weeks will draw on the 1970s feminist critiques of love, romance, and feminine fulfillment to develop a critique of the popular mandate to »love your work« and the burgeoning literature on »happiness at work.« Kathi Weeks is a Professor in the Program »Gender, Sexuality & Feminist …

Epistemology of Measurement

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 …

The First Congress of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft

Keynotes by Sigrid Weigel (Berlin), Andreas Reckwitz (Frankfurt/Oder), Heidrun Friese (Chemnitz), and Orit Halpern (Montréal)

Florian Dombois & Christoph Oeschger: Films of the Wind

Where’s the wind when it’s not blowing? Can it be contained in a film? Most wind tunnels are there for testing. Almost everything is tested in them: Cars, air-planes, rockets, but also flies, people, or baseballs. After the testing comes optimization. The technologies of mobility …

focus on art/research projects

Ute Klissenbauer und Dierk Schmidt diskutieren mit Ulrich Lölke spezifische Herausforderungen für ihre Projekte UFO UNO und “Die Teilung der Erde” an der Schnittstelle zwischen Wissenschaft, Kunst und Politik.

Research Avatara Species Transformellae and the WordWideWitch. Constructed bodies harvesting psycho-realist knowledge

Transformellae and WordWideWitch are just two of the multiple, fictional identities and hysterical-subversive drag characters of the artist Johannes Paul Raether. They are drawn from Raether’s cyclical performance system Systema identitekturae, in which he has been gathering embodiments as well as …

In Between Subjects – Amelia Jones

This presentation gives an overview of Jones’s book  In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Subjects, with attention to deeper motivations behind its development, and tracks her thinking about the intersection of “queer” and “performance” or “performativity” since the book was …

Artist talk

After a joint tour of Sergei Tcherepnin’s exhibition »Body Bound Notations«, during which he will »actualize« several of his sound sculptures, Fiona McGovern and Axel Wieder will talk with him about the underlying musical and theoretical concepts, as well as the potentials and problems involved in …

Making Worlds

Open workshop of the <reformpause> project group led by Marion von Osten (artist, Berlin/Zurich) with the Kunstraum of the University of Lueneburg and members of the Institute for Cultural Theory, as well as guests: Madeleine Bernstorff, Julia Franz, MeineAkademie Berlin, Preclab Research …

Susanne Leeb & Sven Beckstette

Susanne Leeb (University of Basel): »Cycles of Painting and Entangled Histories: Luc Tuymans and Tshibumba Kanda Matulu« Globalization not only entails an increased engagement with arts worldwide, but also with earlier transnational entanglements. Entanglements that, characterized by colonialism, …

Material Performance - Olympia Bukkakis with Dagat Mera

Drag queen and choreographer Olympia Bukkakis will present a version of “Material Performance”. In this piece Olympia works with, against, for, and under 10 meters of red fabric. This time she is joined by artist and janitor Dagat Mera in a performative exploration of labour conditions, …

Sustainable: Art

with Jeff Derksen, Bettina von Dziembowski, Dan Peterman, Marjetica Potrc sowie Diego Castro, Fabian Reimann, Katja Staats, Niko Wolf (Winners of the Daniel Frese Prize 2011 and 2012)

Peninsula Europe. The Force Majeure Works

Continuing a tradition of symposia (»Art, Ecology and Sustainable Development«, 2000) and artistic projects at the Kunstraum that have addressed issues of ecology and sustainability (Dan Peterman »Greenhouse«, 1998 and Fabrice Hybert »pof83 [pylône]«, 2000 amongst others), Helen Mayer Harrison and …

Politics of Measurement

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 …

Prizing Art. Art Valuation in the Age of Informational Abundance

The lecture of Pierre Pénet and the workshop with him will discuss the proliferation of art prizes and awards. Both parts of the event will investigate their implications for artists’ careers and trajectories. In his lecture, building on the example of the British Turner Prize, Pierre Pénet intends …

Hartmut Bitomsky. Reichsautobahn / Das Kino und der Wind und die Photographie

Hartmut Bitomsky, »Reichsautobahn«, Germany 1985, 92 min. »Das Kino und der Wind und die Photographie«, Germany 1991, 56 min.

ReproReality HackLab 005 – 006, FertilityCave 1.0.7

»ReproReality HackLabs« are a series of gatherings of likeminded and associated as well as individuals to discuss ideas and develop tools around Reproductive Technologies. They aim to extract these Technologies from their biopolitical determination. »ReproReality HackLabs« are hosted by a lifeline …

The Embedded Critic. Writing About Art in Latin America

This lecture will address art criticism in 20th Century Latin America through a strategic focus on the writings of three remarkable women: Nelly Richard, Suely Rolnik and Marta Traba. All three follow conceptions of criticism which draw from Roland Barthes’ notion of the »eternally written« text, …

Towards a Techno-Ecology of Participation

This conference is a cooperation of Leuphana’s Chair of Media Culture, the Research Project »Technoecologies of Participation« within the frame of DFG Research Group »Media and Participation« and University of Bremen’s NatureCultures Lab. with: Nurit Bird-David (Haifa), Christoph Brunner …

Unlikely Coexistences. A Conversation with Ana Druwe

Ana Druwe is one of the members of Casa do Povo, São Paulo, a cultural center that revisits and reinvents the notions of culture, community and memory. Casa do Povo was founded in 1946 by Jewish immigrants as a living monument in memory of the Shoa. From the beginning, it was a space for gathering …

Temporalities of the Artistic Field. On the Practice, Materiality and Historicity of Artistic Production

In his talk, Hilmar Schäfer will raise questions on how artistic production can be grasped as a movement of practices and materialities through time. To this end, Pierre Bourdieu’s field and practice theory can first be used to establish a conceptual frame of reference. However, his neglect of …

Second Congress of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft

Approximating Migrant and Filmic Practices Using the Example of Harraga Lecture by Brigitta Kuster with subsequent discussion Friday, October 7, 2016, 2:00–3:45 p.m. Session of the section »Kulturwissenschaftliche Ästhetik« (Cultural-Analysis Aesthetics) Discussion of Susanne Leeb’s and Ruth …

all our tomorrows

International group exhibition in the frame of the project translate Artists: Donald Rodney, Shilpa Gupta, Hetain Patel, Owusu-Ankomah, Elmgreen and Dragset, Song Dong, Zhang Dali, Yukiko Terada, Hew Locke, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Sabine Fassl, Johannes Wohnseifer and Lisl Ponger

Conceptual Paradise


Demanding Supplies – Nachfragende Angebote III

with Daniel Buren, Diego Castro, Maria Eichhorn, Katja Staats, Stephan Dillemuth, Loretta Fahrenholz, Phillip Zach, nOffice

The Open Public Library

Project with Michael Clegg & Martin Guttmann in cooperation with the Kunstverein in Hamburg and the Kulturbörde Hamburg Publication: M. Clegg/ M. Guttmann: The Open Library. Ostfildern-Ruit bei Stuttgart: Cantz, 1994.

The Government

With Ibon Aranberri (Bilbao), Maja Bajevic (Paris), Archiv Tucumán Arde (betreut von Graciela Carnevale; in Zusammenarbeit mit Alice Creischer und Andreas Siekmann), Alice Creischer (Berlin), Danica Dakic (Düsseldorf), Filmen von Maya Deren, Ines Doujak (Vienna), Patrick Faigenbaum (Paris), Harun …

Field research: art world Zurich

Project with Christian Tarnai (Munich)

Forms of Organisation

with Ibon Aranberri (Bilbao), Andreas Siekmann (Berlin), Latifa Echakhch (Paris), Peter Friedl (Berlin), Ines Doujak (Vienna), Andrea Geyer/Sharon Hayes (New York/Los Angeles), Sanja Ivecovic (Zagreb), Rainer Oldendorf (Paris), Lisl Ponger (Vienna), Alejandra Riera (Paris), Dierk Schmidt (Berlin), …

Front, Field, Line, Plane

The idea and images of protest have moved to the foreground recently both in the work of artists and in the global media. On the one hand, artists are documenting the wave of protests that have built up since the memorable moment of Seattle in 1999 up to the ascendance of the Occupy movement; and …

Backstage II

Exhibition in three parts and three phases »Ozarichi, März 1944« in campus hall 25 »Megalothymia« in campus building 10, ground floor Christian Boltanski, »Die Archive der Großeltern« in campus building 7, basement Opening of »Backstage II« on Wednesday, April 26, at 6:15pm with short presentations …

Backstage III

Exhibition in three parts and phases »Ozarichi, März 1944« in campus hall 25 »Megalothymia« in campus building 10, ground floor Christian Boltanski, »Die Archive der Großeltern« in campus building 7, basement Opening of »Backstage III« on Wednesday, June 14, at 6:30pm with short presentations and a …

Import / Export Funk Office

Project and exhibition with Renée Green in cooperation with Kulturinformatik (Martin Warnke)


A project with Hans Peter Feldmann and Hans Ulrich Obrist


International group exhibition in the context of the project transform Artists: Andreas Fogarasi, Katya Sander, Urtica, art and media research group

Planetary Consciousness

International group exhibition in the context of the project translate Artists: Christine Meisner, Mathias Poledna, Lisl Ponger, José Alejandro Restrepo


Exhibition in collaboration with students and the Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg, in the frame of the project transform

Revisions of Abstract Expressionism

With Roger-M. Buergel, Ruth Noack, John Miller and Stefanie-Vera Kockot In cooperation with Kunstverein Kreis Gütersloh e.V. Publication: Roger-M. Buergel / Stefanie-Vera Kockot. (Eds.):Abstrakter Expressionismus. Dresden: Verlag der Kunst, 2000.

Spaces in Subjunctive I und II

Ausstellung in zwei Teilen

Testoo® Muster

with Fabrice Hybert Hybert’s work seeks to systematize itself into categories or their handy short forms. There are prostheses, monsters, prefigurations of a “peinture homéopathique”, prototypes, tables, decorations, transfers (traductions). In Leipzig in April 1997, the “product range” of all …

Touring Club

Project with Christian Philipp Müller In cooperation with Kunsthalle Fri-Art, Fribourg (Switzerland)


EU-project in cooperation with Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Wien, A Kumu Art Museum / Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, EST Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, A MACBA, Barcelona, E


With Dan Peterman’s installation “Extended Falster Video / Greenhouse” a “Nonsite” in the sense of Robert Smithson is created in the foyer of the library of the University of Lüneburg. a park on the Danish island of Falster will be referenced, which will serve as a …

Urban Subjects

A project of Urban Subjects in cooperation with Kunstraum of Leuphana Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Leuphana Arts Program.

What seems so close is far indeed

With Christian Philipp Müller Cooperation with the Hamburg Department of Culture and the Kunstverein Hamburg Publication: Christian Philipp Müller: Kunst auf Schritt und Tritt Public Art is Everywhere. Ed. Christian Philipp Müller and Achim Könneke. Hamburg: Kellner, 1997.