The Third House: The Language of the Essay- Exhibition

Franke, Anselm. 2021. The Third House: The Language of the Essay- Exhibition. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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This thesis is not so much a text about a series of exhibitions, but an essential part of my overall practice. Content wise, the core of this practice is seeking an understanding of the pitfalls of what I relate to as the positivism of the exhibition. Once we come to terms with this positivism, the exhibition is presented as space in which boundary-making techniques both of a micro- and macro-scale can be investigated and disarmed. In attempting to show how different “practices of division” — that range from the social through the architectural to the geopolitical — are constitutive of the social in modernity, the exhibitions that I have curated have investigated the effects that particular boundary-making practices have on the constitution of sociality in modernity, and how such sociality, understood as the making of social relations and of society, produces a sphere of mediality, which is furthermore intimately connected with technological infrastructures and media. I attempted to explore how these have been operated by systems of representation and narrative/mythical patterns, whose constitutive exclusions return as symptoms in the realm of the imaginary and the visual.

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Thesis (Doctoral)

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The author is Head of Visual Arts and Film at HKW / Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin (since 2013).

This thesis is subject to an indefinite embargo at the author's request. The author is in final stages of negotiating a publisher contract for a reworked version in both English and German (early 2021).


Exhibition-Making, Modernity, Frontiers, Aesthetics

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Visual Cultures > Centre for Research Architecture


31 March 2021

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21 Apr 2021 15:15

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07 Sep 2022 17:18


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