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Pohflepp in Practice

Revisiting the work and world of artist & designer Sascha Pohflepp

Live online event co-hosted by HKW Berlin, Trust Berlin, Eyebeam NYC, and the Visual Arts Department at the University of California San Diego.

Saturday, December 5, 2020
6:00-9:30 pm CET (Berlin) / 12:00-3:30 pm EST (NYC) / 9:00-12:30 am PST (California)
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Amidst volcano warp zones and hybrid life forms, in an online world designed for the event, Pohflepp in Practice will bring together collaborators and friends to celebrate and reflect on the practice and process of Sascha Pohflepp, who passed away unexpectedly in 2019. A PhD student in the Department of Visual Arts, he called Southern California and Berlin home. Sascha was in the midst of developing a theory and method he called “post-rational design.” His creative legacy is now dispersed across disciplines, platforms, and countries, and carried forward by a vast network of collaborators. Pohflepp in Practice revisits Sascha’s work and practice through talks reflecting on his wonderfully strange ways of working, thinking, and being.

Talks will be streamed through an interactive archiving platform (aka the Saschaverse) that allows visitors to chat during the presentations and connect for discussion afterwards, and will serve as the foundation for an ongoing archive of Sascha’s work. Including contributions by: Christina Agapakis, Pekka Airaxin, Jussi Ängeslevä, James Auger, Arthur Röing Baer, Calum Bowden, Benjamin Bratton, Luis Campos, Taeyoon Choi, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar, Anthony Dunne, Lindsay Eyink, Pascal Gagneux, Parrr Geng, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Sam Hart, Matthew Lutz, Anna Mikkola, Stephanie Sherman, Karolina Sobecka, Rasmus Svensson, Elvia Wilk, and Chris Woebken. 


Welcome & Intro |  Stephanie Sherman & Calum Bowden

Making of... with Sascha |  Chris Woebken

Post-Rational Design  |  Benjamin Bratton

Responses to Post-Rational DesignChristina Agapakis

Growth Assembly |  Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Those WhoMatthew Lutz

Chance Encounters of Life |  Luis Campos

Anthropogeny |  Pascal Gagneux

The Golden Institute and Counterfactuals |  Anthony Dunne & James Auger

Between Blinks and Buttons |  Jussi Ängeslevä

The Greatest Show is Leaving, Rockets & ChanceLindsay Eyink

Cybernetic Library |  Sam Hart

A Glimpse Into The Pohflepp MindDelfina Fantini van Ditmar, Visuals by Pekka Airaxin

Poetic Science of Many FuturesTaeyoon Choi

CloudsKarolina Sobecka

Mother (bogle/bbogle) |  Inmi Lee & Kyle McDonald

A Spaceship |  Elvia Wilk

Warpspace Afterparty

This event will also mark the soft launch of The PostRational Foundation, a fund organized to preserve and advance Sascha’s legacy. The fund will support the legal management of Sascha’s legacy, the archiving and access of his works, and projects (like this one) that honor his practice and support creative ventures that correspond with his ongoing interests.

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Photo from behind Sascha Pohflepp as he looks out over a large parking lot and field with large gray sky above