Computer codes, especially the code of synthetic images, may free us from the tyranny of linear thinking, says Vilém Flusser. Drawing attention to ongoing cultural transformations in technical revolutions, Flusser provocatively implores us today, the citizens of a world transfused with invisible, light-speed, electronic information exchange, to communicate using synthetic (or technical) images and ‘no longer words’. Flusser’s poetically composed philosophy attempts to overcome and undermine the tradition of thinking in dichotomies, as it aims to transcend the traditional opposition of art and philosophy. Translating between cultural practices, Flusser was dedicated to the transformation of our conditions. In this symposium, we wish to discuss Flusser’s proposals for synthetic image-thinking, particularly the promise of agency he positions there.
Flusser strongly suggested that exhibitions always be accompanied by a rich participative programme, to elaborate the gesture of exhibition through active public engagement with the themes and objects of the display. To this end, we are holding a special two-day international symposium, with a colloquium-style presentation scheme where all presenters sit around the table and comment on each others presentations. The public is invited to assemble around the colloquium and intervene as need be.