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Poetics and Techne | Lecture by Metahaven

Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften

Poetics and Techne - The Lecture Series of the Master in Critical Studies invites Metahaven

Invited by Anna Barbieri and Martin Rovan

The talk will take place online and in English. It is open to the public.
Please register in advance until the day before via

Continuing last year’s lecture series, students of the Masters programme in Critical Studies are inviting protagonists from the fields of art, critical research, culture and theory to provide insights into their different practices. With focus on artistic and critical inquiries that scrutinise existing commodities, this term’s lectures draw attention to research as a tool to develop alternative and oppositional modes of knowledge production that exist within contemporary complexities.

Metahaven’s practice spans films and video installations, textile works, writing, and design. Engaging in multilayered and multilingual networks of relationalities, they currently focus on forms of poetic cinema offering non-linear narratives and moments of “co-sensuality.” In their presentation, Metahaven will talk about research as an integral part of making, as a storytelling and texturing process that intrinsically resides within artistic practice.

These are two articles comprising conversations on their recent work:

Five Degrees of Longitude , Metahaven in conversation with Lesia Prokopenko

We are Reflections: Metahaven and the Charms of Recursion , Metahaven in conversation with Kenric Allado-McDowell

Metahaven is an Amsterdam-based artist collective working in film, design and internet art. Films by Metahaven include Chaos Theory (2021), Hometown (2018), Eurasia (Questions on Happiness) (2018), and Information Skies (2016, nominated for the 2017 European Film Awards). Solo exhibitions include Passphrases , State of Concept Athens (2021), Turnarounds , e-flux, New York (2019), Version History , ICA London (2018), Earth , Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2018), Hometown , Izolyatsia, Kyiv (2018), and Islands in the Cloud , MoMA PS1, New York (2013). Public lectures include “An Evening with Metahaven,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019), “After The Sprawl,” Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2019), and “Inhabitant,” Harvard GSD, Cambridge (2020). Recent publications include PSYOP: An Anthology (2018, edited with Karen Archey), and Digital Tarkovsky (2018).