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Lecture by Prof. Dr. Sabeth Buchmann: A Dialogical Concept of Seeing

Thursday, May 16, 2024, 7 pm – 8.30 pm

The current debate on Artificial Intelligence has, among other things, rekindled interest in how cybernetics was received in the realm of art. In her lecture, Sabeth Buchmann discusses Ulla Wiggen’s paintings in the context of the twin poles of aesthetic and mathematical thought systems given that the artist attaches special significance to the topic of diagrams as a dialogical concept of seeing. Buchmann focuses in particular on Wiggen’s representations of electronic components which she painted between 1963 and 1969. These are characterized by an aesthetics that straddles post-painterly abstraction, Minimal Art and Concept Art. While on the one hand Wiggen’s depictions of electronic components correspond with formalist criteria of flatness and opticality, on the other, they bring to mind technical drawings, mathematical formulas, computer programs, and architectural diagrams. Buchmann’s lecture therefore outlines both the Swedish artist’s concept of the medium, and also its cultural and scientific implications and in this way explores questions that address the avant-garde tradition of painting machines and the discourse of transmediality that can be discerned here.

For adults. Admission is free. No registration required.