News of An Expat




Roter Salon, Diskurs / Discourse, Volksbuhne Berlin

ICI Insitutue for Cultural Inquiry, Critique of Fantasy: Between a Crypt and a Date Mark, Berlin

Hurricaine/Time/Image, Franz Josefs Kai 3, Vienna


Arrival Time, Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art and Spike Magazine, Berlin

Sisterliness, NYU German Department, Graduate Student Conference, New York

It's Come To This, Reading at Raymond Pettibon's Salon, New York

The Technological Introject, Friedrich Kittler Between Implementation and The Incalculable


California Susan

Vampire Travels


Spectres of Laurence Rickels

The Unmournable Animal Death

Wish Upon a Star


THE PSYCHO RECORDS Reading/Signing event, Post Gallery, Los Angeles

“LEITMOTIF SIEGFRIED” Lecture, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

“COSI FAN TUTTE" Lecture, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery [LAMAG], Los Angeles




„Leitmotif Siegfried“, NYU German Department, New York

„Leitmotif Siegfried“, Slought., Philadelphia

„All You Vampires“, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

„All You Vampires“, Jefferson Market Library, New York

BOOK PRESENTATION The Psycho Records, Book Culture, New York

BOOK PRESENTATION The Psycho Records, Skylight Books., Los Angeles

BOOK PRESENTATION (An Afternoon of Pre-All Hallows Eve Mischief) The Psycho Records, City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco

Transmission Jury Committee Video Art Festival in Orgel Fabrik, Durlach - Karlsruhe

Vampire Vibes: The Dark Side of Modern Culture, Harvard University


Bookrelease und Filmscreening mit Laurence A. Rickels in Berlin
Montagspraxis, b_books, Berlin 

Filmscreening SPOUT [2010, 30 min. Directed by: Alex Muñoz, Story: Laurence A. Rickels] 

Bookrelease of Carolin Meister (Hg.), Laurence A. Rickels (Hg.) "Ghostarbeiter (Kadmos 2015)" 

HKW 100 Years of Now, Dreaming Collective Talk with Jennifer Gabrys, Erich Hörl, Clapperton Mavhunga C. and Laurence A. Rickels

Becoming Post Android; Philip K. Dick's Errrant Ontology with James Burton, Fabienne Collignon, Alexander Dunst, and Laurence A. Rickels, ICI Kulturlabor Berlin, ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin

Wie wenn am Feiertage / If we took a holiday, Tabea Blumenschein, Kerstin Drechsel and Nancy Jones Curated by Laurence A. Rickels, Zwinger Galerie, Berlin

Checkpoint California, An exhibition with the Villa Aurora and German Bank Kunssthalle, Berlin

Spectre, Reading Bond with Melanie Klein, Psychoanalytische Bibliothek (PsyBi), Berlin

"The Ghost is Clear." Conference title: Literature and Media Theory: Mediatlity, Materiality - Cultural Techninques. Göttingen

Präsentation und Gespräch mit Peter Engelmann im Literaturforum Halle 

Dr. Andreas Beitin / Prof. Peter Weibel 
Kurzvortrag: MAKING A WISH Prof. Dr. Laurence A. Rickels (Kunstakademie Karlsruhe) 

California and Texas Tour!

"Chow Down: Freud's Primal Fantasy and The Lost Loss", Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
University of Texas, Austin, Pomona College
San Francisco, City Lights


California Susan

World Picture Conference

ICI Berlin, Keynote lecture:
Prof. Laurence Rickels; Chow Down Freud’s Primal Fantasy and the Lost Loss, Berlin

Halloween mit Ulrike Ottinger, Irm Hermann, Laurence Rickels, Eric Steinhauer und anderen. Part of the the Villa Aurora Forum Berlin.
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Reading: Laurence A. Rickels & Lance Olsen,  Saint George's Bookshop, Berlin


HFBK Hamburg die „Bildwende jetzt!“ / “Offensiv Experimentell”



Roter Salon
Diskurs / Discourse
May 29, 2019

Volksbuhne Berlin

With Laurence A. Rickels, Nina Katchadourian, Tom McCarthy, Melissa McCarthy

Join us to probe and pierce surfaces of sea, skin and scholarship, as our contestants make the case for the best monstrous double. In the corner of history-making events, we have The Vampire. Lurking unseen, but no less potent for the obfuscation, there’s The Shark. Each comes with a particular history, imagery and cultural field. And each offers its own distorted, disappearing reflection of how we might be human. It’s a show-down between the cartilaginous and the canine-toothed. Who will win?



14 May 2019 ,

Laurence Rickels
Critique of Fantasy: Between a Crypt and a Date Mark
Part of the Series: Psychoanalytische Kulturwissenschaft

ICI Insitutue for Cultural Inquiry

The exhibition brings fore the early and late works of Francis Ruyter in the context of the discursive contributions by Ibai Grriti, Maryna Makarenko and Laurence Rickels.

Franz Josefs Kai 3, Vienna
April 2019



MON, 16 JUL 2018
Laurence A. Rickels: Arrival Time
Hosted by Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art and Spike Magazine
Spike Berlin Berlin


NYU German Dept Grad Conference
April 26-27 2018


Raymond Pettibon's Salon
March 21, 2018


The Technological Introject

Friedrich Kittler Between Implementation and The Incalculable
Edited by Jeffrey Champlin and Antje Pfannkuchen
Afterword by Avital Ronell

Contributor(s): Rudiger Campe, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Bernhard Dotzler, Elisabeth Weber, Samuel Weber, Antje Pfannkuchen, Jeffrey Champlin, Mert Bahadir Reisoglu, Dominik Zechner, Chadwick Smith, Laurence A. Rickels, Nimrod Reitman, Hans-Christian von Herrmann, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, Ute Holl and Bernhard Siegert



Laurence A. Rickels
California Susan



Vampire Travels



Zum Verhältnis von Psychoanalyse und Medientheorie


Spectres of Laurence Rickels


The Unmournable Animal Death, Laurence Rickels




Laurence A. Rickels
Wish upon A Star

Laurence A. Rickels: Der Vampir als Metapher. Ein "blutiges" Portrait der Nachkriegswelt Deutschlands. Der Autor rekonstruiert die Wiederbelebung des Vampirmythos in Film und Literatur als verschlüsselte Integrationsgeschichte (Nachkriegs-) Deutschlands.

Im Wechsel von Science-Fiction-Lektüren und Fallstudien zur modernen Kunst gehen diese Essays den Spuren der Trauer nach und stellen die Frage nach der „Wiedergutmachung“ im doppelten Sinn: psychoanalytischer Begriff und als Slogan deutscher Nachkriegspolitik.

Laurence A. Rickels lehrte Sprachwissenschaften und Psychoanalyse an der University of California und Kunsttheorie an der Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe. Als Sigmund Freud Professor unterrichtet er derzeit Medienphilosophie an der European Graduate School.

von 18:30 bis 20:00
Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 1, 04107 Leipzig
Veranstalter: Passagen Verlag

Laurence A. Rickels goes to California (2017)


all you


February 13, 5:30 pm
UC Santa Barbara, South Hall 2635 (Literature and the Mind)

February 14, 6:30 pm
UCLA, Comparative Literature Seminar Room, Humanities 348 (Comparative Literature, Design Media Arts, and Film, Television and Digital Media)

February 16, 2:00 pm
USC, Watt Hall 102B (USC Roski School of Art and Design)


THE PSYCHO RECORDS Reading/Signing event

February 15, 7:00 pm
POST Gallery, 1206 Maple Avenue # 515, Los Angeles 90015 (Columbia University Press and POST Gallery)



February 23, 11:00 am
Otis College of Art and Design
Culver City Graduate Studios, 10455 Jefferson Blvd. (MFA Fine Arts)



February 25th, 1:00 pm
Ours is a City of Writers
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery [LAMAG]
4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Press Release

PØST is please to host a Reading and Signing by Dr. Laurence Rickels of his new book The Psycho Records on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm.

Dr. Rickels will be in the area lecturing on vampires, zombies, and Nazis at UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, and Otis College of Art and Design.

PØST is located in the Bendix Building at 1206 Maple Avenue #515, Los Angeles, CA 90015

For further information please contact HK Zamani at



The Psycho Records follows the influence of the primal shower scene within subsequent slasher and splatter films. American soldiers returning from World War II were called “psychos” if they exhibited mental illness. Robert Bloch and Alfred Hitchcock turned the term into a catch-all phrase for a range of psychotic and psychopathic symptoms or dispositions. They transferred a war disorder to the American heartland. Drawing on his experience with German film, Hitchcock packed inside his shower stall the essence of schauer, the German cognate meaning “horror.” Later serial horror film production has post-traumatically flashed back to Hitchcock’s shower scene. In the end, though, this book argues the effect is therapeutically finite. This extensive case study summons the genealogical readings of philosopher and psychoanalyst Laurence Rickels. The book opens not with another reading of Hitchcock’s 1960 film but with an evaluation of various updates to vampirism over the years. It concludes with a close look at the rise of demonic and infernal tendencies in horror movies since the 1990s and the problem of the psycho as our most uncanny double in close quarters. 
Laurence A. Rickels is professor in art and theory at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe. He is the author of Aberrations of Mourning (1988), The Case of California (2001), Nazi Psychoanalysis (2002), The Vampire Lectures (1999), The Devil Notebooks (2008), Ulrike Ottinger: The Autobiography of Art Cinema (2008), I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick (2010), and Germany: A Science Fiction (2015). 

216 pages 
A Wallflower Press Book: Wallflower Press is an imprint of Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023 Phone 212.459.0600 Fax 212.459.3677 
For more information please contact: Erin A. Larson 
(212)-459-0600 x7135




„Leitmotif Siegfried“
Monday, October 17
6:30 PM, NYU German Department, Auditorium, 42 Washington Mews, NYC
Signed copies of The Psycho Records and The Blot: A Supplement (coauthored with Jonathan Lethem) will be available for purchase at the event.

„Leitmotif Siegfried“
Tuesday, October 18
6:00 PM, University of Pennsylvania, Claudia Cohen Hall Rm. 402, 249 S 36th St., Philadelphia

Reading, discussing, signing, buying The Psycho Records
Jean-Michel Rabaté will join in conversation.
Wednesday, October 19
6:00 PM, Slought, 4017 Walnut St., Philadelphia

„All You Vampires“
Thursday, October 20
5:00 PM, Pratt Institute, Library, Alumni Reading Room, 200 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn
Signed copies of The Psycho Records will be available for purchase at the event.

LECTURE (Unbehagen presents)
„All You Vampires“
Friday, Ocrober 21
8:00 PM, Jefferson Market Library, Main Meeting Room 425 6th Ave., NYC
Signed copies of The Psycho Records will be available for purchase at the event.

Reading, discussing, signing, buying The Psycho Records
Thomas Elsaesser will join in conversation.
Monday, October 24
7:00 PM, Book Culture, 536 W 112th St., NYC

BOOK PRESENTATION (Skylight Books and Villa Aurora present)
Reading, discussing, signing, buying The Psycho Records
Friday, October 28
7:30 PM, Skylight Books, 1818 Vermont Ave., Los Angeles

BOOK PRESENTATION (An Afternoon of Pre-All Hallows Eve Mischief)
Reading, discussing, signing, buying The Psycho Records
Sunday, October 30
5:00 PM, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco


Video Art Festival in Orgel Fabrik

Jury Committee for the Video Art Festival in Orgel Fabrik between 22 - 24.04 in Durlach - Karlsruhe. 8.04 till 24.04.

Vampire Vibes
The Dark Side of Modern Culture

Friday, March 25, 12:00-6:00pm
Plimpton Room, Barker Center 133, Harvard University

Conference Program:

12:00pm Prof. Nicole Sütterlin (Harvard): “Biopolitics and Vampire Aesthetics”
Leib Celnik ’18 (Harvard): “True Blood-Suckers: Goethe's Werther as Vampire”
Margaret Irving ’17 (Harvard): “Byte Me: How Technology Enabled the Twilight Phenomenon”

1:00pm Madeleine Wolf ’16 (Harvard): Resurrecting Desire: Literary Vampirism in Théophile Gautier’s La Morte amoureuse
Prof. Janet Beizer (Harvard): “Alias Polidori: Notes on Vampirism, Cannibalism, Subnaturalism (Eugène Sue's Mystères de Paris)“

2:30pm Prof. Tomislav Longinovič (Wisconsin-Madison/Harvard): “Vampire Nation: The Dark Side of Enlightenment”
Prof. Bettina Stoetzer (MIT): “Notes on the Uncanny in Contemporary Asylum Worlds”

4:30pm Keynote: Prof. Laurence Rickels (Karlsruhe Academy of Visual Arts): “All You Vampires”

6:00pm Reception

Screening of Spout, a short film directed by Alex Muñoz, based on the story by Laurence Rickels


Bookrelease und Filmscreening mit Laurence A. Rickels in Berlin
Montag, den 26.10.2015, um 21:00 in der Montagspraxis, b_books, Lübbener Str. 14, 10997 Berlin

Filmscreening SPOUT [2010, 30 min. Directed by: Alex Muñoz, Starring: Rena Owen, Screenplay: Laurence A. Rickels, Rena Owen, and Alex Muñoz, Story: Laurence A. Rickels]

"While the world is enraptured by the glamorous vampire in pop culture, new short film “Spout”, directed by Chamorro filmmaker Alex Muñoz, offers a more human look at loss, grief, vampirism, and a spout."

Bookrelease of Carolin Meister (Hg.), Laurence A. Rickels (Hg.) "Ghostarbeiter (Kadmos 2015)"
Laurence A. Rickels Die Unterwelt der Psychoanalyse (Passagen 2014)
Laurence A. Rickels Geprüfte Seelen (2012)



«Wer ist die Mutter, Bond oder die Gespielin?»
Der Psychoanalytiker Laurence A. Rickels hat ein Buch über James Bond geschrieben. Er sieht in ihm eine Maschine, die fähig wird, die Wunden seiner Geschichte in sich aufzunehmen.

Anfang November startet der nächste James-Bond-Film, er wird sicher wieder eine eher ernste Sache. War das früher nicht anders, etwa bezüglich der Bösewichter? Der Autor Ian Fleming hat Bonds Gegner zurückhaltender gezeichnet, als sie in den Filmen dargestellt werden. Dort bekommen sie Züge von affektiertem Camp, vor allem in den Filmen mit Roger Moore. Sie haben aber sicher etwas Theatralisches. Fleming hat den berühmten Schurken Blofeld als einen beschrieben, der gerade von der Bühne einer Shakespeare-Inszenierung runtergestiegen ist..

Read more here


HKW 100 Years of Now

Wed, September 30, 2015
Dreaming Collective
With Jennifer Gabrys, Erich Hörl, Clapperton Mavhunga C. and Laurence A. Rickels

Walter Benjamin spoke of the “dreaming collective” of bourgeois culture that knows no history, surrendering itself to the madness of the commodity world. In the history of modernity, projected collective dreams are inseparable from the history of political terror. On spiritual ordeals, media phantasms and forms of exclusion.

The projected dreams of collectives cannot be separated from the history of political terror in modernity. That lived forms of collectivity themselves are similar to a dream state was suggested by Walter Benjamin with Paris’ arcades in mind. He spoke of the “dreaming collective” of bourgeois culture that gives in to the phantasmagoria of commodities. How can the “dreaming collective” be conceived as a category to critically and temporally diagnose this century and its epochal dreams? How does the collective dream in a state of mass psychosis, and also under the conditions of algorithmic environments and social networks? The term is here applied to various faces of mass society, as well as a concept that diagnoses an unconscious, ahistorical form of the present: “The dreaming collective knows no history. Events pass before it as always identical and always new. The sensation of the newest and most modern is, in fact, just as much a dream formation of events as the eternal return of the same.” (Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project)

Erich Hörl & Laurence A. Rickels
With reference to Daniel Paul Schreber’s “Memoirs of My Nervous Illness,” Rickels and Hörl will talk about media technological phantasms, epochal reveries, and the testing of souls.

Jennifer Gabrys & Clapperton Mavhunga C.
How did the last century produce both new forms of difference, subordination, and exclusion even as it generated new forms of global collectives? Which concepts and ideas lay behind notions of global technology or environment? Mavhunga and Gabrys explore how the last century of economic, technological, and environmental globalization has also produced a range of different identities, dreams, and power structures for diverse communities.

Thu, 01 October 2015
The coming war
With Laurence A. Rickels and Michel Feher

Can the present be conceived of as a pre-war period? Or has the “next war” already begun? What must the European understanding of history clear away in order to look the present squarely in the face? Where are the new imperial rivalries and collective projections heading?

Leitmotif Siegfried
From Goethe’s Werther and Wagner’s Siegfried to the Californian counterculture of the 1960s: Was adolescence a German invention? On the draft, the mainstream, and superegos.

Laurence A. Rickels, psychoanalyst, author, Karlsruhe, Saas-Fee

Disposing of the discredited: A European Project
Michel Feher, philosopher, publisher, London, New York



Becoming Post Android
Philip K. Dick's Errrant Ontology

with James Burton, Fabienne Collignon, Alexander Dunst, and Laurence A. Rickels
September 2015, 16:00 – 21:00, in English
Organised by James Burton (ICI Berlin) and Alexander Dunst (University of Paderborn).
An ICI Berlin event in cooperation with the University of Paderborn.

ICI Kulturlabor Berlin
ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Christinenstr. 18/19, Haus 8
D- 10119 Berlin

Wie wenn am Feiertage / If we took a holiday

Tabea Blumenschein, Kerstin Drechsel and Nancy Jones

Curated by Laurence A. Rickels

Opening: Friday, 2015, 17th July from 7 to 9 pm
Exhibition: 18th July to 22nd August
Opening hours: Thuesday to Saturday, 12 am to 6 pm

Wie wenn am Feiertage/If we took a holiday

Hölderlin’s Wie wenn am Feiertage extolls the vocation of the artist but by its incomplete status withholds confirmation of this calling. There is as yet a toll to pay. The artist runs up against a boundary in her source, her inspiration or Begeisterung. Heidegger highlights the Geister that are summoned within inspiration, which we can count, given Hölderlin’s abandonment of this work, as less spiritual and way more ghostly, in other words: more identifiable.

What I take from Hölderlin’s work of incompletion, and transfer to the show featuring work by Tabea Blumenschein, Kerstin Drechsel, and Nancy Jones, is the ghostly wrap of the holiday, a family outing, in which mother (nature), father (god), and child (artist) jostle one another for precedence in time and memory. Hence rather than attempt to render in English the untranslatable title, the first line of Hölderlin’s poem, I cite instead a “matching” first line from Madonna’s Holiday.

Hölderlin, too, personalizes the close quarters of nature, time, inspiration, and art via the myth of the birth of Bacchus. Semele bound her lover Zeus to grant her wish that she witness his divine glory. Her wish was fulfilled by the bolt that incinerated her. The fetal Bacchus survived Semele’s blasting and was carried to term sewn inside his father’s thigh. In adolescence Bacchus retrieved his mother from Hades: together they hosted the teen orgy cult organized around the fire water of inspiration. Her role was as Stimula (her name when in Rome), goading the cult members to find the affirmation in transgression.

According to Hölderlin, the artist gives a form to the fateful bolt and bestows it on the public without the same risk. “Und daher trinken himmlisches Feuer jetzt/Die Erdensöhne ohne Gefahr.“ The artist mediates between the danger zone of inspiration and the happy inspiration to take “some time to celebrate, just one day out of life, it would be, it would be so nice.”

The doubling back across the comma upon “it would be” echoes the coming of all the forces summoned by Hölderlin’s poem: “Des gemeinsamen Geistes Gedanken sind,/Still endend in der Seele des Dichters.” The highpoint of Heidegger’s reading follows:

Mit Bedacht hat Hölderlin nach dem „sind“ ein Komma gesetzt. Wie ein unscheinbarer Meißelschlag des Bildhauers dem Gebilde ein anderes Gepräge verleiht, so legt dieses Komma ein eigenes Gewicht in das „sind“. Die „erwachende Natur“, die „Begeisterung“ ist gegenwärtig. Und die Art ihrer Gegenwart ist das Kommen.

The comma Hölderlin and Madonna wield, and which Heidegger carries forward, applies, like the blow of the sculptor’s chisel, a weight/wait of its own. It also draws a curve, a drawing to be continued, turning the landscape into a body, a face. “You can turn this world around.” Unlike the bolt of the period at the end of a sentencing, the comma staggers wish fulfillment, turns the binding word around, and invites the Geister of inspiration, the identifiable ghosts of once and future holidays, to come and join in.

It’s time for the good times Forget about the bad times, oh yeah One day to come together To release the pressure We need a holiday Laurence A. Rickels

Kerstin Drechsel: Saturday, 1st August, 6 pm
Nancy Jones: Saturday, 8th August, 6pm
Tabea Blumenschein: Saturday, 22nd August, 6 pm


An exhibition co-operation of the Villa Aurora and the German Bank Kunsthalle from 12 to 28 June 2015 in Berlin

Hollywood and Silicon Valley, palms, sea and blue sky; California is considered, Land of Milk and Honey '- and well within the Villa Aurora. However, as a former exile residence Marta and Lion Feuchtwanger and a meeting point of European intellectuals in the 1940s, today's artists 'residence is for more than California Dreaming'.

Entitled "Checkpoint California" Villa Aurora presented the occasion of their 20th anniversary, an exhibition co-operation with the German bank Kunsthalle positions of nine Villa Aurora Fellows. In the works of Thomas Struth, Sabine Hornig, Christian Jankowski, Rosa Barba, Nairy Baghramian, Albrecht Schäfer, Philipp Lachenmann, Peggy Buth and Michael Just come transit and exile experience, transatlantic differences and contradictions to the surface.

"Checkpoint California" is an attempt to call historical currents and counter-currents, integration efforts and demarcation efforts into consciousness, whose aspects can not be merged easily into a pros and cons. However, the exhibition is also the celebration of an exchange and placement process, the designed the Villa Aurora successfully for 20 years now.

"Checkpoint California" is accompanied by an extensive program of concerts, film screenings, performances and talks.





The Book of Abstracts 6th International May Conference Current Issues in English Studies 14-15 May 2015 6 th International May Conference on English Studies Krakow, 14-15 May, 2015 organized by Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie held under the distinguished patronage of The Rector of Pedagogical University of Cracow, Prof. dr hab. Michał Śliwa


P. K. Dick on the Superhuman In The Zap Gun Philip K. Dick explores a future scenario of the commodification of fantasy for the controlled release of psychopathic violence. In the foreground of this installment of his ongoing concern with the consequences of failing the empathy test, we find the popular culture of Anglo-American superheroes (indeed the novel as a whole is a James Bond spoof). While all the usual parts of his puzzling out of the human condition are included - schizophrenia as a new norm, technical and occult mediatic instrumentalization of border states, Wagnerian fantasy, and the deployment of empathy as paradoxical weapon, among others - the turn in The Zap Gun to the fantasy genre of the Anglo-American superhero was Dick's one-time offer, one that deserves closer scrutiny



April 9, 2015 Psychoanalytische Bibliothek (PsyBi), Hardenberstr. 9, 8 PM

March 19-21, 2015 in Göttingen Laurence Rickels will deliver one of the keynotes: "The Ghost is Clear." Conference title: "Literature and Media Theory: Mediality -- Materiality -- Cultural Techniques."

March 12, 2015 Veranstaltungen mit LAURENCE A. RICKELS

16:00 Uhr Die gespenstische Unterwelt der Literatur. Ein psychoanalytischer Blick auf die deutsche Literaturgeschichte. Präsentation und Gespräch mit Peter Engelmann im Literaturforum Halle 5: Stand F600
19:00 Uhr Der Vampir: Auf den Spuren eines geheimnisvollen Grenzgängers. Präsentation und Filmvorführung.
Ort: backyARTS

February 28, 2015 ZKM Karlsruhe
(Baden-Württemberg Filmpremiere)
Samstag, 28.02.2015

17 Uhr Einführung: Dr. Andreas Beitin / Prof. Peter Weibel
Kurzvortrag: MAKING A WISH Prof. Dr. Laurence A. Rickels (Kunstakademie Karlsruhe)

Screening und anschließendes Panel mit Robert Bramkamp, Laurence A. Rickels, Susanne Weirich, N.N.

Adresse: HfG Kubus, Lorenzstraße, 76135 Karlsruhe
Eintritt frei






SUSAN SONTAG REVISITED im Januar 2015 Susan Sontag gehörte zu den großen intellektuellen Persönlichkeiten des 20. Jahrhunderts. Ihre Essays zu Fotografie und Kriegsberichterstattung, Krebs und AIDS sind legendär. Dass sie nicht nur in Filmen von Woody Allen und Andy Warhol auftrat, sondern auch selbst ein halbes Dutzend Filme.


Radikales Denken. Zur Aktualität Susan Sontags. The Münchner Kammerspiele.

Mit: Michaela Melián, Michael Krüger, Nicola Behrmann, Tanja Zimmermann, Rembert Hüser, Daniel Schreiber, Stefan Hunstein, Carolin Emcke, Juliane Rebentisch, Philipp Ekardt, Thomas Meinecke, Almut Bruckstein, Elisabeth Bronfen, Ina Hartwig, Eckhard Schumacher, Eva Meyer, u.a.

Laurence Rickels: California Susan.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004), Essayistin und Romanautorin, Filmemacherin und Theaterregisseurin, öffentliche Intellektuelle und Medienikone, war eine radikale Denkerin.
Susan Sontags zehnter Todestag ist Anlass, ihr ein interdisziplinäres und intermediales Symposium zu widmen und nach der Aktualität ihres Denkens für die Gegenwart zu fragen. Es bringt Künstler, Wissenschaftler, Kulturschaffende und Weggefährten Sontags zusammen, die sich in Lesungen, Performances, Podiumsdiskussionen und Vorträgen mit ihrem Werk auseinandersetzen.

Review von Die Welt. "Surfen bringt den Geist in Form"

World Picture Conference

ICI Berlin
Nov 7-8, 2014
Keynote lecture:
Prof. Laurence Rickels; Chow Down Freud’s Primal Fantasy and the Lost Loss.


The term abandon encompasses radical renunciation and immersive indulgence in its oscillation between abandonment of and abandonment to, between restraint and luxury, mindfulness and neglect. When we speak of abandonment we indicate a situation in which we take leave of something, or disband a collective entity, or else act in a way that suggests a disaggregation of certain protocols of behaviour, or belonging (as when we “laugh with abandon”). Discourses and scenes of media and politics are generally highly invested in ideas of taking-leave, breaking apart or away, acting with abandon. In the present moment, we believe the term resonates in manifold ways. For instance: with often painful choices between theoretical and political models that have outlasted their effectiveness but to which there seem to be no alternatives; with turns to abandoned objects as new sources of ontologies in which the turn itself is a mode of abandoning an established political-theoretical project; with the obdurate “problem” of pleasure in aesthetics and aesthetic theory as either the obstacle or the medium of the aesthetic’s interface with the political; with the cathexis of the body and its phenomenology as an instrument and medium of political and aesthetic experimentation; with attempts to relinquish the human, and its attendant association with agency, as a category of experience; with contemporary experiences/fantasies of control and resistance to control; with theatricalizations of abjuration and gratification.


Halloween mit
Ulrike Ottinger, Irm Hermann,
Laurence Rickels, Eric Steinhauer
und anderen.

Part of the the Villa Aurora Forum Berlin.
Freitag, 31. Oktober 2014. 20:00 Uhr
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin

Laurence A. Rickels at the U.S. embassy hosted 4th of July celebration.

20.05. Reading: Laurence A. Rickels & Lance Olsen
''Professor of Art and Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts-Karlsruhe as well as Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School, Laurence A. Rickels has published numerous studies of the phenomenon he calls "unmourning," a term that became the title of his trilogy Aberrations of Mourning, The Case of California, and Nazi Psychoanalysis, as well asThe Vampire Lectures, The Devil Notebooks, and I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick, a schizoanalysis of the science fiction author's life and work. His latest book, from which he would read, is SPECTRE, an examination of Ian Fleming's novels and film adaptations that looks awry at Bond through the sieve of psychoanalytic theory, history, and Kulturindustrie.
Lance Olsen is author of more than 20 books of and about innovative writing. His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including Village Voice, BOMB, McSweeney’s and Best American Non-Required Reading. A Guggenheim, Berlin Prize, N.E.A. Fellowship, and Pushcart Prize recipient, as well as a Fulbright Scholar, he teaches experimental theory and practice at the University of Utah. He will be reading from [[ there.]], a trash-diary critifictional meditation on the confluence of travel, curiosity, paying attention, and innovative writing practices that he wrote last year while a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and from his new novel, Theories of Forgetting, influenced by earthwork artist Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty.''
Tuesday 20th May, 8 pm, Saint George's Bookshop, Wörther Strasse 27, near Kollwitz Platz, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg /U2 Senefelderplatz


Ein Kongress des Studienschwerpunkts Film forderte am 3. und 4. Dezember 2013 in der Aula der HFBK Hamburg die „Bildwende jetzt!“ / “Offensiv Experimentell”


Laurence Rickels with Robert Bramkamp. Photography by E. M. Krebs