An Intellectual Toolbox

Cover of the publication »Flusseriana«

Type of publication
Author / Editor
Siegfried Zielinkski, Peter Weibel and Daniel Irrgang (eds.)
Publishing house, place
Univocal Publishing, Minneapolis

Freestyle thinking – that is Vilém Flusser’s intellectual modus operandi: challenging and offensive, paradoxical and audacious. His thought knows no disciplines or subjects, nor does it pay tribute to other academic frameworks or rituals. Above all else his thought wants to intervene in ongoing cultural and artistic processes and influence them. In order to achieve this, no closed theoretical systems are necessary, only open, operative structures. The Flusseriana is a toolbox capable of being developed and expanded. It contains more than 200 “thinkthings” (Denkdinge) of all kinds: particularities like “Indian Summer,” “Atlas,” “Submissiveness,” “Animal,” or “Mediterranean Sea”; condensed Flusserian thought concerning the big eternal questions such as “History,” “Language,” “Myth,” and “Religion”; the central concepts of his media analysis, including “Apparatus,” “Abstraction,” “Cybernetics,” and “Telematics”; as well as Flusser’s own neologisms – “Communicology,” “Universe of Dots,” the old and the new “Imaginations.” More than 100 authors produced the entries under these lemmata. That is dialogic practice – entirely in the spirit of the philosophical writer from Prague.

Siegfried Zielinski is professor of media theory at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) as well as Michel Foucault Professor of Media Archaeology and Techno-Culture at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He is also director of the Vilém Flusser Archive at the UdK Berlin.

Peter Weibel was born in 1944 in Odessa. Through the wide spectrum of his work – as artist, curator, thinker, and teacher – he is a central figure in European media art. Since 1999 he is chairman and CEO of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany.Daniel Irrgang is research assistant to Professor Siegfried Zielinski at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin), supervisor of the Vilém Flusser Archive at UdK Berlin, and researcher on the projects »Archaeology/Variantology of the Media« and »Forum on the Genealogy of MediaThinking«


»Flusseriana« has been awarded among the most beautiful books of 2016 by Stiftung Buchkunst in the category »Science Books, Academic Titles, Nonfiction Books and Textbooks«.

English, German, Portuguese
560 p. ; paperback
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media