from 12 to 13 June, 2014

Dynamis of the image. For an Archeology of Potentialities

A project led by Chiara Cappelletto and Emmanuel Alloa

A research initiative in partnership between the Collège d'études mondiales and Gerda Henkel Stiftung

The project Dynamis of the image aims at exploring the power of images in the contemporary globalized world by focusing not on the image’s referential functions, but on its performative forces. By asking by what means images generate affects, produce events or sometimes even provoke wars, the project critically reflects on the traditionally dominant Western paradigm of image thinking which has customarily reduced images to mere signifiers or inanimate objects. On the other hand, the project points toward a more encompassing perspective on images by including non-Western, premodern oder anthropological frameworks where the image has been reflected upon not in terms of its ontology, but in terms of its efficacy.

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11th June 2014

Afternoon: Arrival of the participants

19.00: Reception at the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Malkastenstraße 15

12th June 2014

9.00: Michael Hanssler (Gerda Henkel Stiftung) and Sara Guindani-Riquier (Collège d’études mondiales-FMSH/Université Paris 8)
Words of Welcome

9.15: Emmanuel Alloa and Chiara Cappelletto Introduction

10.00: Chair: Filippo Fimiani (Università degli Studi, Salerno) Charles Malamoud (EPHE, Paris)
Dans l’Inde : à l’intersection de la pensée et de l’image, le diagramme performatif

10.30: Discussion

11.00: Coffee break

11.15: Chair: Ralph Dekoninck (Université catholique, Louvain) Maria Luisa Catoni (IMT, Lucca)
Images, Practices and Behaviors in Classical Antiquity

11.45: Discussion

12.15: Chair: Sara Guindani-Riquier (Collège d’études mondiales-FMSH/Université Paris 8) Anca Vasiliu (ENS, Paris)
Définitions et performance de l’image chez Platon (Sophiste et Phèdre)

12.45: Discussion

13.15: Lunch

14.45: Chair: Ludger Schwarte (Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf) Dirk Setton (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a.M.)
Aristotelian Dynamis and the Powers of Images

15.15: Discussion

15.45: Coffee break

16.00: Chair: Emmanuel Alloa (University of St. Gallen) Wiebke-Marie Stock (University of Notre Dame, USA)
The Artist as Iconic Philosopher. Plotinus on Art and the Image

16.30: Discussion

17.00: Plenary discussion (chaired by E. Alloa and C. Cappelletto)

18.00: End of the session

19.30: Dinner in town

13th June 2014

9.15: Emmanuel Alloa and Chiara Cappelletto Opening

9.30: Chair: Andrea Pinotti (Università degli Studi, Milano) Olivier Boulnois (EPHE, Paris)
Devant l’image, dans l’image ou par l’image?

10.00: Discussion

10.30: Coffee break

10.45: Chair: Sunil Manghani (University of Southampton) Gil Bartholeyns (Université de Lille III)
The “Dynamis” of the Medieval Imago: an unrecognized Topicality

11.15: Discussion

11.45: Chair: Aud Sissel Hoel (NTNU, Trondheim) Koen Vermeir (Université catholique, Louvain/CNRS)
Francis Bacon’s Efficacious Images

12.15: Discussion

13.15: Lunch

14.45: Chair: Jörg Fingerhut (Universität Stuttgart/DFG-Gruppe Bildakt und Verkörperung) Claus Zittel (Freie Universität, Berlin)
Die Ordnung der Diskurse und das Chaos der Bilder. Bilder als blinde Flecken in Foucaults Lektüre frühneuzeitlichen Denkens

15.15: Discussion

15.45: Final discussion: conclusions and prospects

16.30: Closing of the workshop



Localisation : Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Düsseldorf
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