30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Science, Art, and Theory


21 – 22 May 2014

Centre for Digital Cultures
Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Postoffice Building, Sülztorstr. 21-25, 2nd floor

With Jean-Louis Boissier (FR), Andreas Broeckmann (DE), Francesca Gallo 
(IT), Charlie Gere (UK), Florian Hecker (DE/US), Yuk Hui (HK/DE), Robin 
MacKay (UK), Bernard Stiegler (FR), Tim Otto Roth (DE), and 
Anne-Elisabeth Sejten (DK).

This symposium is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Jean-François 
Lyotard’s exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1985, entitled 
Les Immatériaux. The exhibition wanted to demonstrate the emergence of a 
new materiality produced by the advancement in telecommunications 
technology. The prefix im- announced a break from the modern conception 
of material, language, body, science, and art. Les Immatériaux showed 
how the desire of modernity produced a negation of itself and passed on 
to a new cultural form which Lyotard named postmodern. The symposium 
traces the discourses in the exhibition and its intellectual environment 
of the late 1970s and 80s, and it reflects on the new material 
conditions brought up by digital technologies in the last 30 years. What 
kind of sensibility is appropriate for our current material condition?

The symposium will be held in English. Admission is free.


Thursday, 21 May

13:00 – 14:00 Registration

13:00 – 14:00
Film Screening: Octave au pays des Immatériaux Auteur (dir. Daniel 
Soutif; Paule Zajdermann; François Kotlarski)

14:00 – 14:30
Introduction (Yuk Hui, Andreas Broeckmann, CDC, Leuphana Universität)

14:30 – 15:30
Jean-Louis Boissier (Paris VIII, France): Scénographie et dramaturgie 
des Immatériaux (lecture in French)

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 17:00
Charlie Gere (Lancaster University, UK): Voice, Trace and Incarnation in 
Relation to Les Immatériaux

17:00 – 18:00
Tim Otto Roth (Artist, Germany): Shadow of a Shadow? – A Physical 

18:00 – 18:30 Break

18:30 – 19:30
Bernard Stiegler (Centre Pompidou, France) Les Immatériaux are not 
immaterial – What does materialism do in the time of the hypermaterial?

Friday, 22 May

09:30 – 10:30
Andreas Broeckmann (Leuphana University, Germany): The Materiality of 
Immaterial Art

10:30 – 11:30
Francesca Gallo (Rome University, Italy): Contemporary Art at Les 
Immatériaux: Yesterday and Today

11:30 – 11:45 Break

11:45 – 12:45
Anne Elisabeth Sejten (Roskilde University, Denmark): Exhibiting and 
Thinking: Anamnesis of the Postmodern

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00
Florian Hecker (Artist, Germany): Reformulation (Lecture Performace)

15:00 – 15:15 Break

15:15 – 16:15
Yuk Hui (Leuphana University, Lüneburg): Anamnesis and Dis-Orient-ation 
– A Discourse on     Matter and Time

16:15 – 17:15
Robin MacKay (Urbanomics, UK): Immaterials, Between Acceleration and 

17:15 – 18:00
Closing Discussion


Organisation & Contact:
Dr. Andreas Broeckmann, broeckmann@inkubator.leuphana.de
Dr. Yuk Hui, yuk.hui@inkubator.leuphana.de
Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg,
Scharnhorststr. 1, 21335 Lüneburg

Organised by the Innovation Incubator and the Centre for Digital 
Cultures at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, in collaboration with the 
Leuphana Arts Program. The Innovation Incubator Lüneburg is an EU major 
project supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the 
federal state of Lower Saxony.