Book launch 'Animism Volume I'

25.02.2010, 18:00 — 22:00 Bookpresentation

Thursday 25 February at 19:00

Location: auditorium M HKA



Film screening: Didier Demorcy, Isabelle Stengers, Vincianne Despret, 'Expérience Valins' (The Valins Experiment) (1999)


Film screening: Walon Green, 'The Secret Life of Plants' (1979)

Introduced by Philippe Pirotte (Co-curator Animism at Kunsthalle Bern)


Book presentation with curator and editor Anselm Franke and author Avery F. Gordon (University of California)


Conversation with philosopher Isabelle Stengers (Free University of Brussels), moderated by Anselm Franke

Animism (Volume I) brings together theoretical and artistic reflections on the history and contemporary relevance of animism. The publication draws on work from a wide range of disciplines – ranging from anthropology to art and media history – aiming at creating a constellation of perspectives, including the latest anthropological discussions and artistic debates, through which the question of aesthetic animation can be posed in novel, challenging ways. The book discusses the artworks in exhibition in Antwerp and Bern and includes texts and statements written in response to the project, as well as first-time translations of relevant historical texts, seeking to create a basis on which further questions can be raised. A second volume is planned for 2011.

Contributions by:

Agency, Irene Albers, Oksana Bulgakowa, Edwin Carels, Bart De Baere, Didier Demorcy, Brigid Doherty, Sergei Eisenstein, Anselm Franke, Masato Fukushima, Avery F. Gordon, Richard William Hill, Darius James, Gertrud Koch, Joachim Koester, Bruno Latour, Maurizio Lazzarato and Angela Melitopoulos, Vivian Liska, Henri Michaux, Santu Mofokeng, Philippe Pirotte, Florian Schneider, Erhard Schüttpelz, Michael Taussig, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Martin Zillinger

Editor: Anselm Franke

Co-published by Extra City, M HKA, Kunsthalle Bern and Sternberg Press

Design: NODE Berlin Oslo

Price: € 32

2010, English, softcover

ISBN: 978-1-933128-95-5

You can order the book also through the online bookshop.

Language English

Location Extra City - Antwerpen-Noord, Tulpstraat 79, 2060 Antwerpen

Animism 23.01.2010—02.05.2010