Un_imaginable Conference

Thinking the Un_imaginable

International Symposium
Including Launch of the Publication Un_Imaginable

  1. Date: 2 July 2008 10am to 4pm
  2. Location: ZKM Media Theatre, ZKM, Karlsruhe
  1. Date: 15 August 2008 2pm to 5pm
  2. Location: Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney


  1. Inke Arns (Artistic Director, Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund)
  2. Jill Bennett (Associate Professor, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales)
  3. Dennis Del Favero (Chair of iCinema Center, University of New South Wales)
  4. Ursula Frohne (Professor of the History of Art at University Cologne)
  5. Boris Groys (Professor of the History of Art, Philosophy and Media Theory at HfG Karlsruhe)
  6. Adrian Parr (Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati)
  7. Paul Patton (Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales)
  8. Sabine Sielke (Professor and Director of the North American Studies Program, University Bonn)
  9. Terry Smith (Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Pittsburgh)
  10. Peter Weibel (Chair, ZKM Karlsruhe)


  1. Date: 3 July to August 24 2008
  2. Location: ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe
  3. Curator: Peter Weibel
  1. Date: 10 July to 17 August
  2. Location: Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
  3. Curator: Felicity Fenner


Dennis Del Favero, Korpys / Löffler, Susan Norrie, Peter Weibel

Un_imaginable is the first instalment in the ZIP Digital Arts Edition series jointly produced by the iCinema Centre, Sydney, the ZKM Karlsruhe and the University of Pittsburgh. This new editorial cooperation envisages the production over the next five years of three publications encapsulating the latest research on topics of central importance to media arts. The launch of the Un_imaginable issue is combined with a one-day symposium at ZKM Karlsruhe and an exhibition of the DVD-artworks at ZKM Karlsruhe and the Ivan Dougherty Gallery Sydney.

Recent occurrences in different spheres of life such as the ecological through to the judicial have redefined our notion of the unbelievable. While maintaining continuities with a long history of the irreal, this new unimaginary confronts us with radically diverse realities, reformulating the condition and expression of life itself. Digital imagery plays a critical role in this reformulated notion, since it presents itself not only as a medium but also as a limit of contemporaneity. The Un_imaginable project invites a range of artists and writers to investigate this new unimaginary and explore the unique qualities of its terrain.