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Dynamis of the image: the archaeology of possibles

« Dynamis de l’image ». Pour une archéologie des possibles

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Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014


The project Dynamis of the image aims at exploring the power of images in the contemporary globalized world by focusing not on the image’s referential functions, but on its performative forces. By asking by what means images generate affects, produce events or sometimes even provoke wars, the project critically reflects on the traditionally dominant Western paradigm of image thinking which has customarily reduced images to mere signifiers or inanimate objects. On the other hand, the project points toward a more encompassing perspective on images by including non-Western, premodern oder anthropological frameworks where the image has been reflected upon not in terms of its ontology, but in terms of its efficacy.




First workshop program, Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Düsseldorf (June 12-13, 2014)

A project led by Chiara Cappelletto and Emmanuel Alloa

A research initiative in partnership between the Collège d'études mondiales and Gerda Henkel Stiftung

The conference will be filmed and broadcasted in live streaming

11th June 2014

19.00 : Reception at the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Malkastenstraße 15

12th June 2014

9.00 Michael Hanssler (Gerda Henkel Stiftung) and Sara Guindani-Riquier (Collège d’études mondiales-FMSH/Université Paris 8) Words of Welcome

9.15 Emmanuel Alloa and Chiara Cappelletto, Introduction

10.00 Chair: Filippo Fimiani (Università degli Studi, Salerno)

  • Charles Malamoud (EPHE, Paris) Dans l’Inde : à l’intersection de la pensée et de l’image, le diagramme performatif

10.30 : Discussion

11.00 : Coffee break

11.15 Chair: Ralph Dekoninck (Université catholique, Louvain)

  • Maria Luisa Catoni (IMT, Lucca) Figures, Practices and Behaviors in Classical Antiquity

11.45 : Discussion

12.15 Chair: Sara Guindani-Riquier (Collège d’études mondiales-FMSH/Université Paris 8)

  • Anca Vasiliu (CNRS/Université Paris-Sorbonne) Définitions et performance de l’image chez Platon (Sophiste et Phèdre)

12.45 : Discussion

13.15 : Lunch

14.45 Chair: Ludger Schwarte (Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf)

  • Dirk Setton (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a.M.) Aristotelian Dynamis and the Powers of Images

15.15 : Discussion

15.45 : Coffee break

16.00 Chair: Emmanuel Alloa (University of St. Gallen)

  • Wiebke-Marie Stock (University of Notre Dame, USA) The Artist as Iconic Philosopher. Plotinus on Art and the Image

16.30 : Discussion

  • 17.00 : Plenary discussion (chaired by E. Alloa and C. Cappelletto)

18.00 : End of the session

19.30 : Dinner in town

13th June 2014

9.30Chair: Andrea Pinotti (Università degli Studi, Milano)

  • Gil Bartholeyns (Université de Lille III) The “Dynamis” of the Medieval Imago: an unrecognized Topicality

10.00 Discussion

10.30 Coffee break

10.45Chair: Sunil Manghani (University of Southampton)

  • Olivier Boulnois (EPHE, Paris) Devant l’image, dans l’image ou par l’image?

11.15 : Discussion

11.45 Chair: Aud Sissel Hoel (NTNU, Trondheim)

  • Koen Vermeir (SPHERE-CNRS/Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte) Francis Bacon’s Efficacious Images

12.15 : Discussion

13.15 : Lunch

Chair: Joerg Fingerhut (Universität Stuttgart/Collegium for the Advanced Study of Picture Act and Embodiment)

  • Claus Zittel (Universität Stuttgart/Stuttgart Research Centre for Text Studies) Die Ordnung des Wissens und das Chaos der Bilder. Bilder als blinde Flecken in Foucaults Analyse frühneuzeitlicher Diskurse

15.15 : Discussion

15.45 : Final discussion: conclusions and prospects

16.30 Closing of the workshop


Next workshops will take place:

  • Basel, Eikones, December 4th and 5th 2014 
  • Paris, Collège d'études mondiales, May 2015


  • Gerda Henkel Stiftung - Malkastenstraße 15
    Duesseldorf, Federal Republic of Germany


  • Thursday, June 12, 2014
  • Friday, June 13, 2014


  • image, représentation, visual studies,


  • Sara Guindani-Riquier
    courriel : sara [dot] guindani-riquier [at] msh-paris [dot] fr

Information source

  • Sara Guindani
    courriel : sguindani [at] msh-paris [dot] fr


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« Dynamis of the image: the archaeology of possibles », Seminar, Calenda, Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014, https://doi.org/10.58079/qe0

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