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The Real of Reality

International Conference on Philosophy and Film

Wed, 02.11.2016 – Sun, 06.11.2016, ZKM_Media Theater, ZKM_Lecture Hall, ZKM_Media Lounge, ZKM_Cube
Cost: Please note the registration fees.



Photography and film in particular paved the way for complex philosophical questions regarding the nature of reality and its mechanical reproduction. What does film reproduce and how can we grasp this element, which has the transactive ability to form reality although originating in reality? This shaping takes palce through a complex interaction of image, action and narration and tends to permeate reality completely. It is an inconspicuous process that already affects our everyday life profoundly and is based on a revolution of the real. What does film show? Do we have access to reality that is not based on images or narrations? And what can film and its analysis contribute to philosophical debates on the real?

These are questions we are asking to engage in a dialogue between philosophy and film. For five days, one hundred and fifty philosophers, media scholars and filmmakers will connect philosophical theory with cinematic practice and open up new ideas and concepts. To accompany the program, there will be film screenings of documentaries of the invited filmmakers.

The participation at the conference is also possible without the presentation of a paper.

The conference will be held in English.


Invited Keynotes

* Due to health reasons Mrs. Mondzain cannot come to the conference.

Project team

Christine Reeh, Stefan Schmidt

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Karlsruhe

HfG | ZKM Filminstitut

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