Thinking Together – Lecture, Film & Discussion
- Duration: 100 minutes including an 8-minute break
- In English
“You Promised Me Primer and You Gave Me Gossip Girl”
Lecture Diann Bauer
In this paper Diann Bauer addresses the concept of hyperstition – the making-real of projected fictions – in relation to the reality of time. Bauer argues that hyperstition is effectively used by those who already have power and that the mysticism typical of hyperstition as a rhetoric undermines a rational understanding of how time slips out of joint. That mysticism undermines the human capacity to deliberately construct a future. In contrast to this, the task for the left must be to look at the realities of time’s malleability and how this can inform the construction of a future not defined by current configurations of power.
A film by Christopher Roth in collaboration with Armen Avanessian
Featuring: Armen Avanessian, Elie Ayache, Ray Brassier, Iain Hamilton Grant, Helen Hester, Deneb Kozikoski, Robin Mackay, Steven Shaviro, Benedict Singleton, Nick Srnicek, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Agatha Wara, Pete Wolfendale, and Suhail Malik in 2026
Appearances: Georg Diez, Anke Hennig, Tom Lamberty, Nick Land, Quentin Meillassoux, Reza Negarestani, Björn Quiring, Patricia Reed, Tom Streidl, James Trafford, Jeanne Tremsal, Alex Williams, and Slavoj Žižek
Title sequences / Intermissions 2026: Diann Bauer
Drawings: Andreas Töpfer
Music: Cosimo Barnet
Truth is Science is Fiction.
“And what if there was no beginning?” (Iain Hamilton Grant)
HYPERSTITION: A film on time and narrative. Of thoughts and images. On plants and the outside. Abduction and Recursion. Yoctoseconds and Platonia. Plots and anaerobic organisms. About the movement of thinking and philosophy in anthropology, art, design, economy, linguistics, mathematics, and politics. And back into abstraction.
“You’re always at the beginning and always at the end.” (Ray Brassier) HYPERSTITION: The retooling of philosophy and political theory for the 21st Century.
consists of two parts:
SAT 12 & SUN 13 March, 12:00–18:00
Conference “Time and the Digital Universe”
MON 14 to FRI 18 March, 10:00–18:00
Workshops, seminars, projects
Registration for the work groups is kindly requested:
Curated by Berno Odo Polzer
“Thinking Together” – the discourse format is dedicated to exploring the phenomenon of time in its socio-political, philosophical and artistic dimensions. Consisting of lectures, workshops, public talks and experimental settings, the project provides time and space to reflect current time-related issues together with international guests from the fields of philosophy, political and social science, cultural studies, computer and neuroscience as well as music, dance, performance and visual art.
The opening conference under the title “Time and the Digital Universe” investigates new forms of digital time, their structures and ramifications, followed by a host of different projects between 14 and 18 March. Amongst the topics are current politico-philosophical imaginations of temporality, non-linear concepts of time, the notion of rhythm as an analytical tool, as well as the differing time practices of the arts, philosophy and science.
16:00 Lecture Diann Bauer: “You Promised Me Primer and You Gave Me Gossip Girl”
16:45 Hyperstition. A film by Christopher Roth in collaboration with Armen Avanessian
18:30 Q & A with Diann Bauer, Christopher Roth and others