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Thursday, December 14

JGU, Fakultätssaal Philosophicum (Jakob-Welder-Weg 18, 55128 Mainz, Room 01-185)

14.00 Gregor Wedekind (JGU Mainz, IKM – Department of Art History/Abteilung Kunstgeschichte): Welcome

14.15 Christian Berger (JGU/Courtauld Institute, London), Annika Schlitte (JGU): Introduction/Einführung

Panel: Volatile Substances and the Limits of Materiality

Chair: Annika Schlitte

14.45 Opening Lecture: Günter Figal (Albert Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg): Ungreifbare Materien. Zu Klang und Licht in der Kunst (Morton Feldman und James Turrell) (in German – translation will be provided)

Introduced by Stephan Grätzel (JGU, Department of Philosophy/Philosophisches Seminar)

16.00 Coffee/Tea

16.15 Vangelis Giannakakis (Frankfurt): Between Hardware and Aura: Probing the Limits of Materiality in Art Through Dan Flavin’s Luminous Minimalism

16.45 Lara Demori (Haus der Kunst, München): Sublimating Matters: Piero Manzoni’s Ephemeral Bodies

17.15 Anna-Rosja Haveman (Groninger Museum): James Lee Byars’ Ephemeral Performances and Volatile Letters

17.45 Discussion

18.30 End of program


Friday, December 15

JGU, Fakultätssaal Philosophicum (Jakob-Welder-Weg 18, 55128 Mainz, Room/Raum 01-185)

9.30 Panel: Sublimation and Dissolution as Art

Chair: Christian Berger

9.45 Annemarie Kok (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen): Bubbles and Bodies: From Evaporation to Participation in the 1960s Work of David Medalla

10.15 Friedrich Weltzien (Hochschule Hannover): Pressure. On the Fine Art of Floating

10.45 Discussion

11.15 Coffee/Tea

11.30 Antje Krause-Wahl (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt): Dry Ice

12.00 Adi Louria Hayon (Tel Aviv University): The Dialectics of Failed Sublimation in Bruce Nauman’s Art

12.30 Discussion

13.00 Lunch break

14.15 Panel: Sublimation, Mind, and Body

Chair: Annika Schlitte

14.30 Christa Noel Robbins (University of Virginia, Charlottesville): Kenneth Noland’s Reichian Paintings

15.00 Claire Salles (École Normale Supérieure, Paris): Martin Barré's Pentimento Paintings: Dissolution and Objecthood

15.30 Discussion

16.00 Coffee/Tea

16.15   Lynn M. Somers (Drew University, Madison, NJ): Louise Bourgeois’ Janus: A Case for Psychoanalytic Sublimation

16.45 Dylan Trigg (Universität Wien): Bachelard and the Sublime Atmosphere of Nostalgia

17.15 Discussion

18.00 Break

18.15 Evening Lecture:

James Nisbet (University of California, Irvine): Los Angeles and Other Abstract Environments: The Instance of Robert Barry’s Inert Gas Series

19.45 Wine Reception / Empfang


Saturday, December 16

Kunsthalle Mainz (Am Zollhafen 3–5, 55118 Mainz)

9.30 Stefanie Böttcher (Kunsthalle Mainz): Welcome

Panel: Sublimation, Matter, Concept

Chair: Christian Berger

9.45 Julia Polyck-O’Neill (JGU/Brock University, St. Catharines): Reconsidering the Photographic Encounter: Materiality, Conceptualist Photography, Sublimation, and the Subject

10.15 Andrew Chesher (University of the Arts, London): Desublimating the Gestalt: Towards an Archaeology of Robert Morris’ Anti Form

10.45 Discussion

11.15 Coffee/Tea

11.30 Dominic Rahtz (University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury): Process Art and Form

12.00 Marin R. Sullivan (Keene State College, NH): Sublimating Sculpture: Robert Smithson, Photography, and the Transformation of Matter at the End of the 1960s

12.30 Discussion

13.00 Annika Schlitte, Christian Berger: Closing remarks

13.15 Finger food

14.00 Curator’s walkthrough of the exhibition / Kuratorinnenführung durch die Ausstellung Daniel Buren und Bettina Pousttchi

15.00 End of Program



The event is public and free of charge.

Die Konferenz ist öffentlich, der Eintritt ist frei.