(C) Photograph: Michael Höpfner

Slowing down, reduction, withdrawal

Seminar with Michael Höpfner

Slowing down, reduction, withdrawal, exploring “foreign” territories and ways of life on foot, the accompanying survey of perception and thought categories - these form the cornerstones of the artistic creation of Michael Höpfner. In his months-long hikes he crosses the remotest parts of the world - desert-like, sparsely populated terrain of western China and Central Asia, places on the edge of civilization that defy global progress and are eventually obtained from this. He documents in his photographs and diary entries custom of space and time, doing away with the Western colonial embossed images of the “exotic” and the desired projections of an authentic, unspoiled nature. Since 2011 he has been assistant professor at the department of Art and Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts.


In the context of ‘doing research’ ‘in the field’(wild) and ‘writing/producing a research report’ in the ‘Caring. Enactments of Heterogeneous Relationships’ annual project, we would like to look at different methods of research used in fieldwork and writing. Through inviting guests to share their working processes with us, we will ask how these methods relate to what is observed, how they construct the entities produced and determine what we can know.

Slowing down, reduction, withdrawal
June 13, 2016, 15:00h