Vilém Flusser Archive at the Berlin University of the Arts

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

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The Vilém Flusser Archive holds and looks after the literary remains of the cultural theorist Vilém Flusser (1920-1991) who was born in Prague, emigrated to Brasil in 1940 and returned to Europe in the early 1970s. Besides beeing one of the most influential thinkers of the new media, Flusser contributed to a philosophical discourse on Jewishness and saw himself first and foremost as a Prague Jew all his life.
The website of the archive links to a system of keywords (in German) which organize the material. Some photographs of Flusser and an audiostream of a series of lectures, he had been holding in Bochum in 1991 are available online. The archive that lately moved from the Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM) in Karlsruhe to the Berlin University of the Arts is holding approximately 2500 manuscripts of essays and books by Flusser, his extensive correspondence and parts of his personal library besides a growing section of secondary literature. The archive sees itself as an intersection of international research on Vilém Flusser. It can be visited on appointment.

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