22 May 2014


For a Critique of Spatial Reason
Anatopy is the name for an error on a map, and nonetheless retains the potential to challenge positivist assumptions about the representation of space. Anatopies thus invoke operations of displacement divorcing places from their supposedly fixed topographical position, perfomative acts that undo standardized spatialities, whether those be the cartographic space of geography or the fetishized space of globalization, the extensional semantics of classical logic or spatial schematizations in art, dance, and literature.

Rephrasing Jacques Rancière’s call for a historiography based on anachrony, the workshop seeked to “redeem spatialities from a homogenous and linear understanding” through an investigation of theories, methods, and acts that challenge and sabotage our normative conceptions of space and time.


ICI Berlin
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Jamila Mascat
Filippo Trentin
Stefano Osnaghi
Wolfgang Struck
Russel West-Pavlov
John David Rhodes
Michele Cometa

Organized by

Jamila Mascat
Stefano Osnaghi
Filippo Trentin
The workshop was a cooperation between the ICI Berlin, Bard College Berlin, a Liberal Arts University, and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino

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