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F(r)ictions of Art

Final Conference of "InterArt" International Research Training Group at Freie Universität Berlin from June 25 to 27, 2015

№ 182/2015 from Jun 19, 2015

The relationship between fiction and friction is the focus of a conference being held by the "InterArt" International Research Training Group from June 25 to 27 at Freie Universität Berlin. The involved researchers will examine the productivity of moments of friction for artistic processes as well as for the emergence of certain fictions about art. They will review central research topics and questions of the past work of the research training group and also take up new perspectives. The conference will include scholars from Freie Universität and its two partner institutions, the Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies and the Graduate School at Goldsmiths, University of London. With this final meeting the InterArt Research Training Group will complete its work, after nine successful years. The meeting is open to the public, and admission is free.

What emerges from the interaction between different genres, traditions, and conceptions of art, and also from the friction between art and other fields such as science, politics, or law? The conference participants will address critical moments and synergies that can emerge from this kind of friction.

They will consider artistic and literary fictions that are both more and less than social realities, as they exceed the ideas we have about what is real. Starting with the double concept of f(r)iction, the participants will look at fictions that emerge from frictions between ideas, materiality, texts, documents, media, and speculation. These fictions are often the condition for an academic analysis of artistic worlds, critical projects, and academic self-reflection.

International guests as well as current and former graduate students from the involved institutions will give presentations addressing various fictions and, in particular, on the productive moments in which art’s fictions are produced through frictions. The presentations will provide a summary of the findings of the interdisciplinary work of the InterArt doctoral program.

The InterArt International Research Training Group has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since October 1, 2006. The funding will end on September 30, 2015, after reaching the maximum funding period for this type of group.

Time and Location of the Final Conference

  • June 25 to 27, 2015: 2 p.m. on June 25 and 10 a.m. on June 26 and 27
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Seminar Center, Room L113 and L 116, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14 195 Berlin-Dahlem; subway station: U3 Dahlem-Dorf or Thielplatz; Bus 110 or M11 Hittorfstraße


Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Erika Fischer-Lichte, InterArt International Research Training Group, interart@zedat.fu-berlin.de, Tel.: +49 30 838-50314

The detailed program can be found on the website of the InterArt Group