Philosophical tour of Erwin Wurm – with Prof. Dr. Markus Gabriel

Saturday, July 8th, 2017
Lehmbruck Museum, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Strasse 40, 47051 Duisburg
Organizer: Office medienwerk.nrw, Lehmbruck Museum

Markus Gabriel (University of Bonn) is the youngest professor of philosophy in Germany and also an excellent expert on Erwin Wurm’s work. In a tour of the exhibition, he talks in an entertaining and knowledgeable way about the everyday life and the special features of Erwin Wurm’s work.

Markus Gabriel caused a sensation as the founder and main representative of “New Realism”, a philosophical movement whose circle also includes the Berlin Poor Avanessian and Quentin Meillassoux. Their aim is to leave Kant’s theses behind by realizing that the world exists independently of the image and idea we have of it. Thus, Markus Gabriel sometimes makes bizarre statements such as that unicorns exist. Erwin Wurm’s fat car or his absurd looking mountain formations therefore become the starting point of a question about the world and its reality in this philosophical tour.

The event was a cooperation between the office medienwerk.nrw and the Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg. It took place in the broader context of the topic “Speculative Technologies” of medienwerk.nrw.

The office medienwerk.nrw is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW. Office hosted by: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund.