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Speculative Drawing – 2011-2014
Armen Avanessian & Andreas Töpfer [see all titles]
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 Armen Avanessian & Andreas Töpfer Speculative Drawing 2011-2014
Translated by Nils F. Schott.

Graphic design by Andreas Töpfer.
published in June 2014
English edition
14,5 x 21 cm (hardcover, cloth binding)
320 pages (b/w ill.)
ISBN: 978-3-95679-044-7
EAN: 9783956790447
out of print
 
Speculative Drawing presents fifteen books—from monographs and translations to collections of essays—that emerged from the research platform Speculative Poetics, conceived by Armen Avanessian in 2011.
This book gives a somewhat different introduction to contemporary speculative philosophy, raising questions on how thinking works and how thinking occurs in drawings or illustrations. How does a poetic thinking work that's not about but with art?
Andreas Töpfer's drawings in this book are not illustrations of the texts. Rather it's the other way around: they need to be read so that the texts can start to refer to them. In this sense, Speculative Drawing does not provide a shortcut to the theories presented; it does not aim to build a representational relationship between a pictorially correct understanding and a correlative conceptual thought. Instead, the drawings provide an occasion to think about thinking—a speculative thinking and writing in concept and through images.
Armen Avanessian teaches Comparative Literature at the Free University Berlin. He is a Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Centre “Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits”. He is the founder of the bilingual research platform Spekulative Poetik, editor of the book series Spekulationen for Merve Verlag Berlin.

Andreas Töpfer studied industrial, book and communication design. Since then he has been working as a freelance graphic designer, designer, visual essayist, live drawing artist and art director. In addition, he also co-founded the Berlin publishing house kookbooks with Daniela Seel. Töpfer's graphic work has been exhibited worldwide, and has been rewarded with several prizes.

See also Armen Avanessian.