HYPERSTITION: Challenging Dominant Reality Today

Armen Avanessian, Karin Ferrari, Mark Fisher columbosnext, Kreuz 17, tON/NOt Chor, Trauriges Tropen Orchester

Film still from Hyperstition by Christopher Roth in collaboration with Armen Avanessian.

Capitalist realism is a far-reaching, omnipresent and fundamental mood now dominant in society. We are confronted, therefore, with a context that means there is a shortage of imaginative power capable of conceiving alternative perspectives for the future.

“Hyperstition”, a term coined by members of the group Cybernetic Culture Research Unit (CCRU) in the second half of the 1990s, should function as the trigger to tactical intervention, which will transpose fictive narratives into a potential reality.

HYPERSTITION: Challenging Dominant Reality Today is an event dealing with future perspectives, intellectual emancipation, and the field of tension between theory and practice.

A cooperation between Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen and medien.kunst.tirol.

Concept: Maximilian Thoman


1. p.m.
Challenging Dominant Reality Today
Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Weiherburggasse 13

Mark Fisher: Three forms of Consciousness

Karin Ferrari: Theory & Practice: a workshop about the appropriation of theory as artistic practice

Screening and diskussion with co-author Armen Avanessian
Moderation: Gerald Straub

8 p.m.
haunted.hyper.fiction: Cross Culture Jam, Performance & Concerts
Cellar vault in the castle Büchsenhausen, Weiherburggasse 1

with and by:
columbosnext, Kreuz 17, tON/NOt Chor, Trauriges Tropen Orchester

The participants:

Armen Avanessian, philosopher and literary theorist, founder of the research platform http://www.spekulative-poetik.de and editor-in-chief of the publishing house MERVE Verlag.

The aim of projects by columbosnext is to create a platform for debating architectural and social questions, and for the initialization and staging of cultural, social, and urban activities.

Karin Ferrari is a fine artist, who makes use of visual material from popular culture and social media in her work. Her interest lies in aesthetic vocabulary which has emerged collectively online, at the threshhold of scientific theory, (political) paranoia, and fantastic narrative.

Mark Fisher, author, blogger and cultural theorist. Lecturer at the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmith College London. Recently: Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures (2014), and Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative? (2009), both Zero Books, Winchester.

Kreuz 17
Since 2012 KREUZ 17 have epitomised the fire clearance of the Alps in sound. Between harsh noise, drone and ash-blackened metal, Nuderscher, Nuderscher and Prieth create cascades of sound that burn out synapses. In the process, influences from a wide range of sub-genres are consumed offensively and subsequently cast out like a reflex, in a kind of ecstatic discharging.

tON/NOt Chor
tON/NOt is a group working in an interdisciplinary way, aiming to open up theatre with respect to other media. Here, fields often regarded as secondary – like costume and set design, lighting and sound – are given a professional platform, so that their own respective aesthetic qualities can be brought to bear. As the primary model of artistic work, the theatre must (be able to) give up more space to these fields, and to collaborating with the other arts. This conviction lies behind the group’s efforts to remain in permanent interchange with people from other artistic fields, and to go beyond the thinking of classical theatre.

Trauriges Tropen Orchester is a collective of Verschubu Records, and columbosnext: Jonathan Hanny, Fabian Lanzmaier, Lino Lanzmaier, Maurizio Nardo, Ekehardt Rainalter, Lukas Umek.

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