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19 August 2015


  • Until October 18 there will be an exposition dedicated to the life and work of Vilém Flusser and its relevance for modern art at the ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Karlsruhe (Germany): Globale: Bodenlos – Vilém Flusser und die Künste (http://zkm.de/event/2015/08/globale-bodenlos-vilem-flusser-und-die-kuenste).
    The exposition started on August 14 with two panel discussions including Steffi Winkler, Baruch Gottlieb, Louis Bec, Fred Forest, Rainer Guldin, Nils Röller, Florian Rötzer, Andreas Ströhl, Pinar Yoldas and Marcel René Marburger (http://zkm.de/event/2015/08/globale-flusser-talks).
  • The exposition will be moving to Berlin where it can be seen from November 19 to January 10 (2016) at the Akademie der Künste  (http://www.adk.de/de/programm/vorschau/).
  • A symposium on Vilém Flusser will be held on October 10 at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano (Switzerland). The definitive program will be made available at the end of September.



  • Siegfried Zielinski, Peter Weibel and Daniel Irrgang (eds.), Flusseriana, Univocal publishing, 2015. The trilingual book (English, German and Portuguese) contains more than 200 key terms from Flusser’s work, written by more than one hundred Flusser scholars from all over the world.
  • Two new International Flusser Lectures have been published: Thomas Düllo, Abwegen und Abschweifen - Versuch über die narrative Drift and Graham Harman, Die Rache der Oberfläche. Heidegger, McLuhan, Greenberg, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2015.
  • Vilém Flusser, Into Immaterial Culture and Immaterialism (Metatext), Metaflux publishing, 2015, translated by Rodrigo Maltez Novaes.
  • Felipe Guimarães de Souza Fernandes Loureiro, “The Image in Power: Vilém Flusser and the Craft of Architecture” In Architecture Philosophy, vol 1, no 2 (2015) (http://ojs.library.okstate.edu/osu/index.php/jispa/issue/view/360/showToc).
  • Rainer Guldin, Translation as Metaphor, Routledge, New York, 2015. The book contains two sections about Flusser’s use of the metaphor of translation (https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138803565).


Call for papers

The upcoming May 2016 issue of Flusser Studies is being organized by Simone Osthoff and Priscila Arantes. The focus of the issue is upon the relevance of Flusser’s ideas to the field of Design as well as Media Histories. We are looking for unpublished essays, both in written and audio-visual formats, which will hopefully add new dimensions to the existing Flusser scholarship. As you may know, Flusser Studies will be celebrating its tenth anniversary in November 2015. In this context, Rainer Guldin, the senior editor, recently pointed out that the first international reception of Flusser’s work in the 1990s focused on media theory, photography, telematics, design and the phenomenology of objects, which defined Flusser primarily as a digital thinker. The second wave of Flusser’s publications and translations helped create a better picture of his complex thought by exploring Flusser’s post-humanist approach, his concept of gestures, his philosophical fictions, such as the Vampyroteuthis Infernalis and the sketches on natural phenomena, among others. We want to continue building upon the wealth of Flusser’s legacy in relation to design’s multiple dimensions.

The deadline for submissions for this Design issue is January 7, 2016. We look forward to hearing from and working with you. Please let us know if you are interested in contributing and if you have any questions. Simone Osthoff sosthoff@psu.edu and Priscila Arantes priscila.a.c.arantes@gmail.com.


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