"What the Valley calls thinking – and how it is told" A conversation with Dr. Inke Arns, Prof. Dr. Adrian Daub and Jonas Lüscher

HMKV at the Dortmunder U | Cinema, ground floor



The Fritz-Hüser-Institut für Literatur und Kultur der Arbeitswelt, the Büro medienwerk.nrw and the HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein cordially invite you to the Dortmunder U cinema at 19:00 (ground floor, doors 18:30) for the discussion event Was das Valley Denken nennt - und wie davon erzählt wird (What the Valley calls thinking – and how it is told) with Dr. Inke Arns, Prof. Dr. Adrian Daub and Jonas Lüscher, among others, moderated by Dr. Iuditha Balint and Fabian Saavedra-Lara.

The event takes place on the occasion of the HMKV exhibition House of Mirrors: Artificial Intelligence as Phantasm.

A registration is not required. The event will additionally be live-streamed (find the live stream at the top of this website or here). Language: German.


The Cologne-born Germanist and literary scholar Adrian Daub is professor of comparative literature at Stanford University, California, and directs the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. He writes on topics such as early feminism, cultural memory and popular and musical German culture of the 19th century. His book "What the Valley Calls Thinking. Über die Ideologie der Techbranche" (suhrkamp, 2020) tells the story of Silicon Valley - a region that has risen to become the most powerful IT and high-tech location in the world over the last 70 years. In his book, Daub, who established his professional centre at Stanford in close proximity to the Valley, questions its self-dramatisation by examining the rhetoric of entrepreneurs like Peter Thiel or Mark Zuckerberg and historically contextualising the ideology of the industry.

Jonas Lüscher is a Swiss-German writer and essayist. After studying philosophy, he conducted intensive research on the significance of narratives for describing social complexity and, in this context, had a scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation for a research stay at Stanford. His novella "Spring of the Barbarians" (2013) is about the importance of narratives in social contexts - in this book, Richard Rorty's theories come to bear narratively. His novel "Kraft" (2017) tells about the mentality and rhetoric of Silicon Valley. As a socially and politically engaged essayist, Jonas Lüscher publishes on various topics such as economics or populism.

Inke Arns is director of HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund, Germany. She has worked internationally as an independent curator and theorist specializing in media art, net cultures, and Eastern Europe since 1993. After living in Paris (1982-1986), she studied Russian literature, Eastern European studies, political science, and art history in Berlin and Amsterdam (1988–1996 M.A.). In 2004 Inke Arns received her PhD from the Humboldt University in Berlin. She has curated many exhibitions – at the Bauhaus Dessau, MG+MSUM Ljubljana, Gallery EXIT Pejë, KW Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, CCA Glasgow, CCA Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw, HMKV Dortmund, HKW Berlin, Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, La Gaîté Lyrique Paris, MMOMA Moscow, BOZAR Brussels, NCCA Yekaterinburg, exportdrvo Rijeka, a.o. She is the author of many articles on contemporary art, media art and net culture, and has edited numerous exhibition catalogues and books. In 2021-2022 Inke Arns is Visiting Professor at the Münster Art Academy. In addition, she was curator of the Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo (artist: Jakup Ferri) at the 59th La Biennale di Venezia in Venice in 2022.

Adrian Daub and Jonas Lüscher will take part in the discussion event "What the Valley calls thinking - and how it is told" with, among others, Inke Arns, Iuditha Balint and Fabian Saavedra-Lara, which will take place in cooperation with the Fritz-Hüser-Institut für Literatur und Kultur der Arbeitswelt, the HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein and the Büro medienwerk.nrw at Dortmunder U on 15 June 2022. The event is part of the programme accompanying the HMKV exhibition "House of Mirrors: Artificial Intelligence as Phantasm". In the discussion, some thoughts from Adrian Daub's and Jonas Lüscher's texts will be brought into dialogue with the ideas and selected works in the exhibition.

A cooperation of:
Fritz Hüser Institute for Literature and Culture of the Working World, Büro medienwerk.nrw and HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein.

Photo credits: Inke Arns: (c) Frank Vinken; Adrian Daub: (c) Cynthia Newberry; Jonas Lüscher: (c) Ulrike Arnold/Jonas Lüscher


The programme is funded by:


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