Surveillant Architectures

Developing paradigms in media culture. This blog is collaboratively edited by the Surveillant Architectures Group.

Guest lecture: Nils Zurawski

“The omnipresent gaze? Surveillance between visibility and the management of norms.”

Guest lecture by Dr. Nils Zurawski
Institut für kriminologische Sozialforschung at Uni Hamburg,
founder of the Surveillance Studies network

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Surveillant Architectures Group
room 2, Filzengraben 2a
KHM Cologne

Upcoming conference in Barcelona:

Guest speaker on Nov 11 : Tobias Flessenkemper

Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 10h30-12h00

“The European border regime in South Eastern Europe – between collapse and resurrection”

Tobias Flessenkemper, Senior Associate Researcher
Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) – European Institute, Nice/Berlin/Istanbul

Tobias Flessenkemper is working on the issue of external and internal security policies of the European Union with a focus on South Eastern Europe and the European neighbourhood. He holds a M.A. of the University of Cologne in Political Science and a European Master in International Humanitarian Assistance of the Ruhr-University Bochum. Since 1996 he worked for international organisations in Brussels and South Eastern Europe and currently manages an independent organisation working in the field of democratic governance.

Around the World Conference 2014 on Privacy and Surveillance in the Digital Age

2014 Privacy and Surveillance in the Digital Age

The Around the World Conference is an experiment that brings together a research dialogue without the environmental cost of traditional conferences. Institutes and researchers are invited to participate either through presenting or by joining in the discussion. The conference is live-streamed world-wide and archived after the event.


Andrea Fraser materials: “I’m not really nude because I’m in quotation marks.”

We looked at her work extensively today in seminar, but to recap and for further looking and reading, here’s a list of online materials. (Don’t forget there are quite a few catalogues in the KHM library; we also have a rare 1992 interview on VHS.)

The show at the Ludwig opens this Saturday. Also, on Friday 21. June, 2013, at 19h, there is a we’ll see the Europe-premiere of her new performance : “Men on the Line” (Museum Ludwig cinema.) Recommended!

2001 Little Frank and His Carp (Video, 6 minutes, on

2003 “Official Welcome (Hamburger Kunstverein)” (Video, 30 minutes, on
In part I this interview she talks about this piece and about the part where she strips naked. Quote:

“It is my body, in this underwear. And then I take the underwear off and I’m nude; I joke that, yes, I finally joined the grand old tradition of nudie performance art. And my other joke is that I’m not really nude because I’m in quotation marks. But, of course, I am.

Part of the reason I decided to do that was precisely to close that gap, to collapse the distance between myself as the artist named Andrea Fraser and these other positions that I was performing. And to make that distancing more difficult and problematic.”

In the 2nd part of the interview she talks about later works and writings, including “Men on the Line”, later to be shown here in Cologne (you can download the interview as a podcast here):

2011  Texte zur Kunst, “Speaking of the Social World” / “Über die soziale Welt sprechen” (German translation)

The Whitney website holds her contribution to the 2012 Whitney Biennial: “L’1% C’est Moi” & “There’s No Place Like Home”

Visiting artist: Michael Krebber and students

Thursday, 3. November, 16.00 Uhr, Aula

All welcome, refreshments afterwards!!

Michael Krebber has a professorship at Städelschule in Frankfurt. He visits the Surveillant Architectures seminar at KHM with his students from Frankfurt. This Aula event will take place Thursday, Donnerstag November 3rd for what will sure to be an exceptional time.  Afterwards snacks in the Mensa.

Michael Krebber’s work resists categorization.  From painting to anti painting, from physical involvement to  avoidance of a signature style, from role maker to blog mocker, his rebellious statements continuously shock, surprise and inspire discussion.He visits the KHM after just returning from New York.

New exhibition at Greene Naftali New York thru November 19th.

From the exhibition announcement:

C-A-N-V-A-S, Uhutrust, Jerry Magoo and Painting
20 October – 19 November, 2011

Michael Krebber arrived at his temporary studio, housed in the same building as Greene Naftali Gallery, several weeks before the opening of the present exhibition, with the content of several blogs printed out in his suitcase. Working within a highly circumscribed packet of time, Krebber copied selections from these blog pages onto appropriately proportioned canvases.

C-A-N-V-A-S, an acronym for Corpse After Negating Visual Art Strategies, and Jerry Magoo are both anonymous blogs, the first based in Brussels and the second in New York, with which former students of Krebber at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt-am-Main are involved. Written from the perspective of young artists currently emerging in the gallery circuit, both blogs are known for posting vitriolic commentary on contemporary art exhibitions, which Krebber frequently passes along to his e-mail list of current students.

Uhutrust is the personal blog of Michaela Eichwald, an associate of Krebber since the early 1990s and now a Berlin-based artist represented by Reena Spaulings Fine Art (New York) and Vilma Gold (London). Since the posts which Krebber had planned to paint have been deleted due to controversial content, the Uhutrust paintings in the present exhibition take the form of blanks.

The art blog is written by Jonathan Jones, who posted a negative review of an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery by Mark Leckey, a London-based artist represented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (New York), Cabinet Gallery (London) and Galerie Daniel Buchholz (Cologne and Berlin). This review, published on May 23, 2011, has generated 308 posts to date in the Comments section of the blog, including interventions by the artist under his own name.

By parasitizing the negative     socio-
pedagogical influence networked painting, Krebber
to hasten collapse.

This exhibition is presented simultaneously with “Here Comes the Sons,” at Real Fine Arts, 673 Meeker Ave., Brooklyn, October 22 – November 20.

Michael Sanchez

TEACHING AS ART The Contemporary Lecture-Performance

via Julia


SAG @ Chomsky’s lecture

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What the photostitching software did to Chomsky’s audience (details of the photo above):img_0360-1.jpg







SAG 2011: recommends Noam Chomsky

June 7th SAG will be attending the Noam Chomsky lecture at the Uni Köln:

Albertus-Magnus-Professor Noam Chomsky is going to give his 2nd public lecture: »The Evolving Global Order: Prospects and Opportunities.«
Di 7. Jun. 17:30 – 19:00 GMT (keine Sommerzeit)
Aula (1 & 2) der Universität (Hauptgebäude)

Vom 6.-8. Juni 2011 wird der bekannte amerikanische Philosoph Noam Chomsky als Albertus-Magnus-Professor 2011 drei öffentliche Vorlesungen und zwei Seminare an der Universität zu Köln halten. Die Albertus-Magnus-Professur wurde an der Universität zu Köln im Gedenken an den mittelalterlichen Universalgelehrten Albertus Magnus (1193 bis 1280) eingerichtet, der von 1248 bis 1254 in Köln am Generalstudium der Dominikaner lehrte. Auf diese Professur wird eine Persönlichkeit von internationaler Geltung berufen, die in öffentlichen Vorlesungen und Seminaren Fragen von allgemeiner Bedeutung behandelt, die derzeit in vielen Grundlagenwissenschaften, aber auch in der öffentlichen Debatte eine Rolle spielen.
Nach Arthur C. Danto (2005), Jean-Luc Nancy (2006), Giorgio Agamben (2007) und Robert Audi (2008), Philip Pettit (2009), Enrique Dussel (2010) hat nun Noam Chomsky die Einladung auf Albertus-Magnus-Professur angenommen.
Avram Noam Chomsky, 1928 in Philadelphia (Pensylvania, USA) geboren, lehrt seit 1961 als Professor für Linguistik am Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Durch seine linguistischen und sprachphilosophischen Arbeiten von paradigmatischer Bedeutung und aufgrund seines politischen Engagements zählt Noam Chomsky zu den herausragenden Intellektuellen der Gegenwart, dessen Schriften ebenso wie seine öffentlichen Interventionen eine weltweite Aufmerksamkeit und Rezeption erfahren haben.

“Ein Intellektueller zu sein, ist eine Berufung für jedermann: es bedeutet, den eigenen Verstand zu gebrauchen, um Angelegenheiten voranzubringen, die für die Menschheit wichtig sind. Einige Leute sind privilegiert, mächtig und gewöhnlich konformistisch genug, um ihren Weg in die Öffentlichkeit zu nehmen. Das macht sie keineswegs intellektueller als einen Taxifahrer, der zufällig über die gleichen Dinge nachdenkt und das möglicherweise klüger und weniger oberflächlich als sie. Denn das ist eine Frage der Macht.” (Noam Chomsky)

wichtige Veröffentlichungen (in Auswahl): ▪ Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. 1965. ▪ Language and Mind. 1968, 2007; dt. Sprache und Geist. 1999. ▪ Rules and Representations. 1980, 2005; dt. Regeln und Repräsentationen. 1981. ▪ The Minimalist Program. 1995 ▪ On nature and language. 2002. ▪ Language and problems of knowledge. 2003. ▪ Government in the Future. 2005; dt. Die Zukunft des Staates. 2005. ▪ The Chomsky-Foucault debate : on human nature. 2006. ▪ Interventions. 2007; dt. Interventionen. 2008. ▪ Die Verantwortlichkeit der Intellektuellen. Zentrale Schriften zur Politik. 2008.

What is this talk about?

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SAG taking part in “Video, Performance, Lectures” with Matti Braun, Julia Scher, Ute Janssen, Susanna Schoenberg and their students.
HFBK 5.5.2011 3 – 5 pm, 6.5.2011 11 am – 2 pm

SAG 2011: Martha Rosler meets SAG, Cologne May 16th

Martha Rosler is an artist who works with multiple media, including photography, photo-text, sculpture, video, performance, and installation. Her interests are centered on the public sphere and landscapes of everyday life—actual and virtual—especially as they affect women. Related projects focus on housing, on the one hand, and systems of transportation, on the other. She has long produced works on war and the “national security climate,” connecting everyday experiences at home with the conduct of war abroad. Other works, from bus tours to sculptural recreations of architectural details, are excavations of history.
Some of her most noteworthy video works confront the world crisis of macropolitics and home, worker explotation, and propoganda.  These works include:
Chile on the Road to NAFTA (97); Prototype: God Bless America (06), If It’s Too Bad to Be True, It Could Be DISINFORMATION (85); A Simple Case for Torture, or How to Sleep at Night (83)

Martha Rosler; 2011

Rosler has had numerous solo exhibitions. If You Lived Here Still: An Archive Exhibition is a touring show based on If You Lived Here…, a ground-breaking cycle of exhibitions and forums on housing, homelessness, and the built environment that she organized in 1989 at Dia in New York. Originating at e-flux gallery, in New York, it has recently been exhibited at CASCO Center for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht, Netherlands and at present is at La Virreina in Barcelona. The Martha Rosler Library toured nationally and internationally in 2005-2009.
Other recent solo exhibitions include those at Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea e Moderna, Torino; Portikus, Frankfurt; Centro Jose Guerrero, Granada; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and the International Biennial of the Moving Image, Geneva.  She was a founding member of United Nations Plaza School, Anton Vidokle’s project in Berlin, Mexico City, and New York.
Her work has been included in many other group exhibitions, at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; PS1, New York; the International Center of Photography, New York; Reina Sofía, Madrid; Skulptur Projekte Münster 07; documenta 7 &12, Kassel; the Venice Biennale; Tate Modern, London; and many other international and national venues. Rosler has published 17 books of photography, art, and writing, in several languages; her essay book Decoys and Disruptions, was published by MIT Press in 2004. She was awarded the Spectrum International Prize in Photography in 2005 and the Oskar-Kokoschka Prize in 2006; she was the United States Artists Nimoy Fellow in 2008 and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow in 2009; IN 2010 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by New York’s Guggenheim Museum. She is a renowned teacher and has lectured nationally and internationally.

Martha Rosler; Semiotics

In 2003, the Whitechapel Gallery in London invited Martha Rosler to recreate her classic video Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975) as a live performance. She accepted the invitation by holding a casting call for women to reenact the piece; the “audition” would be the public event. Rosler’s documentary video, Semiotics of the Kitchen: An Audition (2011), premiered earlier this week at Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) in New York.

@khm mediathek:
Rosler, Martha   [Regie] : Vital statistics of a citizen, simply obtained  / Regie und Drehbuch: Martha Rosler . – Originalfassung . – Toronto  : Art Metropole , [S.a.] . – 1 Videokassette (VHS, 40 Min.) : farb. . – (Art Metropole 1/2 inch videotape series )
Sign.: VID V 1546 Znr.: 99 V 216

Performance Saga  : Begegnungen mit Wegbereiterinnen der Performancekunst  / Hrsg.: Andrea Saemann …. . – Zürich  : Fink . – DVD : farb. Rosler, Martha : Martha Rosler , 2008 . – 1 DVD (57 Min.) : farb. + 1 Textheft (28 S.) . – 978-3-03746-118-1 Interview 07 ;
Sign.: DVD V 2910 Znr.: 09 DV 394