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Post-history

by Vilém Flusser

|February 1, 2013

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Is there any room left for freedom in a programmed world? This is the essential question that Vilém Flusser asks in Post-History . Written as a series of lectures to be delivered at universities in Brazil, Israel, and France, it was subsequently developed…

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In 1939, a young Vilém Flusser faced the Nazi invasion of his hometown of Prague. He escaped with his wife to Brazil, taking with him only two books: a small Jewish prayer book and Goethe’s Faust . Twenty-six years later, in 1965, Flusser would…

On Doubt

by Vilém Flusser

|October 15, 2014

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In On Doubt , Vilém Flusser refines Martin Heidegger’s famous declaration that “language is the dwelling of Being.” For Flusser, “the word is the dwelling of being,” because in fact, in the beginning, there was the word. On…

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How far apart are humans from animals—even the “vampire squid from hell”? Playing the scientist/philosopher/provocateur, Vilém Flusser uses this question as a springboard to dive into a literal and a philosophical ocean. “The abyss…

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Is the alphabet about to disappear? How will we communicate without it? Are there any indications of new, emergent codes? Is human communication going through a mutation? These are only some of the provocative questions posed by Vilém Flusser in Into…

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Poised between hope and despair for a humanity facing an urgent communication crisis, this work by Vilém Flusser forecasts either the first truly human, infinitely creative society in history or a society of unbearable, oppressive sameness, locked in a…

Natural:Mind

by Vilém Flusser

|September 1, 2013

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In Natural:Mind , published for the first time in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1979, Vilém Flusser investigates the paradoxical connection between the concepts of nature and culture through a lively para-phenomenological analysis of natural and cultural…

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Has there been a shift in our concept of immateriality? In Immaterialism , Vilém Flusser explores some of the signs that point towards a cultural shift in relation to what we regard as immaterial. A shift which he considers fundamental for the…

Gestures

by Vilém Flusser

|June 1, 2014

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Throughout his career, the influential new media theorist Vilém Flusser kept the idea of gesture in mind: that people express their being in the world through a sweeping range of movements. He reconsiders familiar actions—from speaking and painting…

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In Does Writing Have a Future? , a remarkably perceptive work first published in German in 1987, Vilém Flusser asks what will happen to thought and communication as written communication gives way, inevitably, to digital expression. In his introduction,…

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Freestyle thinking—that is Vilém Flusser’s intellectual modus operandi: challenging and offensive, paradoxical and audacious. His thought knows no disciplines or subjects nor does it pay tribute to other academic frameworks or rituals. Above…

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Originally written in both English and French, The Surprising Phenomenon of Human Communication is a series of twelve essays that Vilém Flusser delivered as lectures in Aix-en-Provence, France, on several subjects ranging from communication media, memory,…