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Temperatures I: Samo Tomšič – Wachstumszwang

An Online Series by Bonner Kunstverein, Kunstverein Nürnberg and Kunstverein München
from February 23, 2021 onwards

Temperatures is a cooperative year-long program of events including talks, readings, concerts, and performances expanding the digital space within the existing infrastructures of the three institutions.

Over the past 12 months, the Bonner Kunstverein, Kunstverein Nürnberg, and Kunstverein München have been gathering virtually. A recurring question has been how the Kunstverein as a collective structure, emerging from a self-organized impulse, can produce a meaningful space at a time when many of the assumptions of publicness, autonomy and care have been undergoing profound transformation and strain.

Temperatures takes this space of questioning and reflection as a point of departure for a one year programme of online events. Bringing together artists, thinkers, activists and contributors whose voices we are interested in engaging at this moment in time, this series seeks to use, and at times also subvert, the space that the digital platform offers. The perspectives will shift in scale from the systemic and infrastructural, to the subterranean and personal, reflecting upon an extraordinary and difficult moment, whilst also looping back to that deceptively simple question of how we might think and desire beyond the question of a simple “return” to normality.

For the first event on February 23 at 7 pm, the philosopher Samo Tomšič will reflect on the title of this collaboration, exploring its multiple layers and references. His talk will move from temperature as a unit expressing climatic conditions, representing substances in balance or indicating extremes to it serving as a metaphor for subjective and political emotions and their tipping points.

Samo Tomšič holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Ljubljana. He is currently a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg and at the University of Ljubljana; he is also a research associate at the Humboldt University in Berlin. His research areas include theoretical psychoanalysis, political philosophy, and critical epistemology. His publications include The Capitalist Unconscious: Marx and Lacan (Verso, 2015) and The Labor of Enjoyment. Toward a Critique of Libidinal Economy (August Verlag, 2019).

23th of February, 7 pm, Temperatures, talk will be held in German, accessible for free and without registration via the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87924324849

Graphic Design and Code: Studio Anna Cairns

Funded by Neustart Kultur der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, issued by Bundesverband Soziokultur e.V.