Anselm Franke

Theme: Exhibitions as Research

Notes on the Research-Based Exhibition: Dialectical Optics and the Problem of Positivism

This presentation analyzes the problems of presenting research and contextual materials in theme-based exhibitions. It reflects on the medium of non-art exhibitions as linked to certain genealogies of positivist knowledge and juxtaposes them with art-historical lineages that have historically addressed positivist regimes of representation. It opens up the terrain of mediation to different, non-positivist forms of dialectical inquiry. Franke will use examples from different essay exhibitions, such as Animism (2009-2014), The Whole Earth (2013) and the upcoming Nervous Systems, all shown (among other venues) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin.

Anselm Franke is Head of the Visual Arts department at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, where he was part of the curatorial team of the Anthropocene Project. He organised exhibitions such as Animism (2012) and, together with Diedrich Diederichsen, The Whole Earth (2013), Forensis with Eyal Weizman (2014) and Ape Culture together with Hila Peleg (2015). He was chief curator of the Taipei Biennale 2012 and the Shanghai Biennale 2014. He completed his PhD at Goldsmith College in London in 2015.