Quand les images viennent au monde : Dynamis de l'image III
What happens when images come into the world? How can an imago mundi still arise today as the spatio-temporal bonds of kinship have broken apart to the mere benefit of muddled identitarian claims based on signs whose origin is long forgotten? We have decided to trust images, their disturbing generosity, their power to keep infinite possibilities of actualization open, in order to follow them through heterogeneous geographies and temporalities, avoiding any pretention to offer an ultimate definition and all dull comparatism as well.
Images have an autonomous power that has resisted past and current attempts to make them subservient to other needs: this position has been strengthened over the past two years by the research carried out by an international network of scholars on the various crossroads in the history of visual theories and practices in the Western tradition. With the notion of dynamis as a starting point, we have explored the neglected ways of what could have been another understanding of the images, different from the one that has led to their current exhaustion.
The aim of this concluding colloquium is to decenter our perspective by acknowledging the multipolar dimension of the contemporary world which constantly gives birth to new images, while these keep it spinning. Cast in a movement which also inevitably puts into movement their beholders, the dynamics of today’s images reflects that of the world: restless, mutinous, defiant.
The international colloquium Quand les images viennent au monde : Dynamis de l’image III marks the conclusion of the project Dynamis of the Image. An Archaeology of Potentialities which has been conceived and developed since 2012 by Emmanuel Alloa and Chiara Cappelletto at the request of the Collège d’études mondiales of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (Paris) and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung (Düsseldorf).
With Linda Baez-Rubi, Hans Belting, Susan Buck-Morss, Georges Didi-Huber man, François Jullien, Monica Juneja, Marie-José Mondzain, Morad Montazami, WJT Mitchell
Thursday, June 4th
11.00 Welcoming and opening talks of the institutions representatives
11.15 Emmanuel ALLOA et Chiara CAPPELLETTO
11.30 Georges DIDI-HUBERMAN (EHESS, Paris)
Une dynamique des (images) fluides
12.30 Marie-José MONDZAIN (EHESS, Paris)
L’image : puissances de la zone
15.00 François JULLIEN (Collège d’études mondiales, Paris)
Image-phénomène ou « la grande image n’a pas de forme »
16.00 Coffee break
16.15 Hans BELTING (Karlsruhe)
Face and Mask. An Exchange of Iconic Power
Friday, June 5th
11.00 Emmanuel ALLOA et Chiara CAPPELLETTO
11.15 Monica JUNEJA (Universität Heidelberg / Getty Research Ins., LA)
The Gestalt of Feeling. Recuperating the Dynamis of the Image in Northern India
12.15 Morad MONTAZAMI (Tate Modern, London)
De l’orientalisme spéculatif à l’orientalisme hérétique : généalogies transculturelles de l’art moderne
14.45 Susan BUCK-MORSS (Cornell University, Ithaca)
15.45 Coffee break
16.00 Linda BAEZ-RUBI (National University of Mexico)
Moving Ideas between Continents
17.00 WJT MITCHELL (University of Chicago)
Method, Madness and Montage. On Global Image Overload
18.00 Final discussion