Art & Science Interdisciplinary Theory Seminar

Bernd Kräftner
Fine Arts and Media Art, Art & Science
2019W, scientific seminar (SEW), 6.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02768


House of Cards

In Latour, Bruno. An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns, we read: *it is much too easy for „artists“ to take the unreality of their creations for granted and indulge in „real fakery“ in the name of the „enduring rights of the imagination creativity.“*
Latour invites us to abstain from taking fictional beings to be mere products of the imagination and to trust in their existence that offers us an imagination that we would not have had without them.
The aim of the seminar is (with cross references to Experimental Studies III, see there), first, to investigate this topic within the moral territory that is decribed as "Fables". We understand fables as complex interspecies relationships that form our so-called human nature. How should modern fables be constructed? Is ethology (the scientific study of animal behaviour), the emergence of multispecies ethnography, giving us ideas to construct fables that may enrich our morality as humans and thus immunising us against purifying activities in the political domain? The second aim is to collectively draft fables that address this research question on a deck of cards and build a house of cards.

Examination Modalities

Within the Annual topic "School of Conviviality" of ArtScience MasterCourse.
Studying a "matter of concern" depending on the location (tba), site specific and problem oriented practical field work, location: tba, literature, excursions, blocked field worki. See also Art Science Theory Seminar.


limited number of participants


01 October 2019, 15:00–17:00 Seminar Room Art & Science (preliminary discussion)

co-registration: possible

Art & Science (Master): Art & Science Interdisciplinary Theory Seminar I-II - SE

Individual courses: possible