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Flusser Studies 31 – July 2021 / Special Issue - Flusser et la France

Introduction (PDF 310.6 KB)
Chronologie (PDF 339.83 KB)
Bibliographie (PDF 356.82 KB)

En homage à Louis Bec (1936-2018)

Bec’s Sulfanograde / Os sulfanogrados de Louis Bec / Les Sulfanogrades de Louis Bec

Sulfanograde (PDF 87.62 KB)
Os Sulfanogrados (PDF 131.41 KB)
Les Sulfanogrades (PDF 245.58 KB)

Orthonature Paranature de Vilém Flusser / Vilém Flusser’s Orthonature Paranature

Orthonature and Paranature

Vampyroteuthis Infernalis, le podcast comme format de recherche-création

For this special issue of Flusser Studies on Vilém Flusser's relations with France, I would like to propose a research-creation format, which is embodied in a podcast that is part of the Bio Is The New Black series. The podcast is a creation based on reading the Vampyroteuthis Infernalis and research conducted at the Vilém Flusser Archive in Berlin under the supervision of Anita Jóri. Bio Is The New Black is a podcast around design, biology and technology that invites artists, designers, philosophers, scientists and engineers to explore the multiple ethical, critical and creative questions that arise with bio-manufacturing technologies.

Podcast (PDF 245.13 KB)

II. D’autres amis français de Vilém Flusser

Une conversation / Letters: Hervé Fischer - Vilém Flusser 1976 - 1982

Conversation (PDF 797.77 KB)
Letters (PDF 903.88 KB)

Vilém Flusser et Abraham Moles: le fond et la forme d’une “affinité combative”

Moles (PDF 402.2 KB)

III. Flusser en France

Premier discours, premier article et première interview de Flusser en français : au su-jet de la 12 e Biennale de São Paulo

Premier discours (PDF 279.75 KB)

Présentation de Vilém Flusser à l`assemblée générale de l´AICA le 13 septembre 1972

AICA (PDF 362.77 KB)

Thèmes révolutionnaires pour la Biennale de Sao-Paulo 1973 / Revolutionary themes for the São Paulo Biennale 1973

Interview: La Biennale de Sao Paulo transformée en laboratoire collectif

Rouiller Interview (PDF 283.09 KB)
Rouiller Facsimile (PDF 824.95 KB)

Les Rendez-vous manqués. Flusser, la France et la photographie

Rendez-vous (PDF 469.94 KB)

L'échec des Rencontres de Robion (1981/82) : Un tournant pour Vilém Flusser? / The Failure of the 1981/82 Robion Encounters: A Turning Point for Vilém Flusser?

Echec (PDF 369.74 KB)
Failure (PDF 349.27 KB)

IV. Publier en France

Flusser, La Force du Quotidien, Mame, 1973. Histoire d’une édition et d’une occasion manquée

Mame (PDF 376.57 KB)


Interview (PDF 284.3 KB)

Parution en français de Mutations dans les Relations Humaines? De la Communicologie

The forthcoming publication of the French typescript (written 1986) of Flusser’s book Communicology constitutes an important step in the program of French publications of Flusser’s works.  Until now known only in its 1996 German version as Kommunikologie. Umbruch der Menschlichen Beziehungen? (the English typescript has not yet been published), the French title reverses the order of title and subtitle: Mutations dans les Relations Humaines ? De la Communicologie.


The publisher, Marc Partouche, worked with Flusser and Louis Bec on several projects in the 80s, among them the exhibition Le vivant et l’artificiel in Avignon in 1984. While Flusser was alive, Partouche published a few of Flusser’s essays in various journals and Flusser gave him several French typescripts, asking him to prepare them for publication.

In this book, Flusser pursues and deepens his pioneering thinking on media, and artificial intelligence, reflections already present in his previous works, making it one of his most important and visionary writings.

Mutations (PDF 301.99 KB)

Le diable, l’absurde et la philosophie / Extrait de L'Histoire du diable de Vilém Flus-ser: La conversation

This essay, a short introduction to the French translation of Vilém Flussers The History of the Devil, deals with some of the main aspects of the book, including the notion of sin and the figure of the devil, but also the dangers of nationalism, Marxism, the theoretical shortcomings of existentialism and Flusser’s interest in Buddhism. The accompanying extract from The History of the Devil, paragraph 6.4. Conversation, which is the last part of chapter 6. Envy and Greed, focuses on the notion of conversation, which is absolutely central to Flusser’s thinking. Its future ramifications extend to the concept of dialogue and go as far as the telematic society.

Le diable (PDF 405.78 KB)
La Conversation (PDF 474.1 KB)

V. Au sujet de Flusser

Appareil et caméras chez Vilèm Flusser, objections et critique

This essay deals with the notion of apparatus, which together with the concept of program are the two salient characteristics of post-history. The paper also explores the notion of the “photographable” (photographiable) in its relationship to the possibilities defined by the camera.

Appareil et caméras (PDF 238.12 KB)

Vilém Flusser et la recherche-création

This essay deals with the Flusserian notion of research-creativity. The author reexamines Vilém Flusser’s work looking for theoretical connections and hidden connections between the time the texts were written and the present. Flusser’s vision is linked to the artistic scene in Brazil in the 1950s and 1960s, but also to his experiences in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s.

Recherche-création (PDF 349.77 KB)

Flusser and French Theory

French Theory (PDF 199.57 KB)

Aveuglement théorique et insouciance éthique : Sur quelques faiblesses congénitales chez les sectateurs français de l'image... photographique en particulier

Édition française de Dans l’Univers des Images Techniques

Images techniques (PDF 278.45 KB)

Pour un design circulaire. Commentaire de l'article "Considérations écologiques" de Vilém Flusser

VI. Des photographes

Bernard Plossu: Die Wissenschaft des Ungenauen / Bernard Plossu: The Science of the Imprecise / Bernard Plossu: La science de l’imprécis

Wissenschaft (PDF 76.01 KB)
Science (PDF 75.87 KB)
La science (PDF 264.58 KB)

French Photographers

For a Philosophy of Photography is undoubtedly Flusser’s best-known book in France. Having met for my research many experimental photographers in the Flusserian sense of the term, I had found that, while a few were already familiar with this book, many discovered Flusser’s thinking only in the course of our discussions. Therefore, I asked about fifteen photographers from the French scene who I consider experimental to say in a few words how Flusser had been important to them. Eight responded, usually the youngest. Juliana Borinski was especially sensitive to her dimension as a cosmopolitan migrant. Driss Aroussi, Isabelle Le Minh and Lionel Bayol-Thémines had known Flusser for a long time, and were often inspired by him. Mustapha Azeroual and Laure Tiberghien discovered an echo of their work in his writings. Jean-Baptiste Perrot recounts the revelation that the discovery of his thoughts was for him. Finally, Denis Bernard, starting out from a picture of Flusser himself, focuses on the gesture of the photographer and questions the epistemological status of the image. Each of them chose an example of their work to accompany the written statement.

Sur Vilém Flusser

Sur Vilém Flusser (PDF 284.53 KB)

La photographie, la lumière

Photographie (PDF 160.79 KB)

Une rencontre de l’évidence. Avec Vilém Flusser

Rencontre (PDF 266.47 KB)

À propos d’un portrait de Vilém Flusser

Portrait (PDF 318.05 KB)

Sur Vilém Flusser

Sur Vilém Flusser (PDF 260.34 KB)

Les Liseuses, ou comment j’ai rencontré Vilém Flusser

Liseuses (PDF 211.8 KB)

Devenir un bouffon du capteur numérique. Avec Vilém Flusser

Bouffon (PDF 101.46 KB)

Sur Vilém Flusser

Sur Vilém Flusser (PDF 263.28 KB)

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