Nature Fictions

and the Art of Being Idle


Lecture and Seminar

We will open the theory program of the year with two consecutive seminars on boredom, laziness and on nature as a scene of (political) fiction. The disengagement of the mind from the crushing imperative to produce and to be constantly active, teaches the existential importance of the slow mode of operating and of listening to the hum of one’s own thought. The resistance to work is a figure of the work of art as a resistance and resonates with the Blanchotian motif of worklessness as the true mode of the work of art. Nature, respectively  could be understood as a scene of the fictions of artists’ work, and of the fictions of the political, and yes, of the fantastic. Being art’s classical object of imitation, nature is a subject of both artistic and political invention. 


Maurizio Lazzarato, Marcel Duchamp and the Refusal of Work, trans. Joshua David Jordan (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2014), pp.5-24.

Giorgio Agamben, “Profound Boredom” In: The Open: Man and Animal, trans. Kevin Attell (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004), pp. 63-71.

Italo Calvino, “The Distance of the Moon” In: Cosmicomics, trans. Martin McLaughlin (London: Penguin Books, 2002), pp. 3-20.

Martin Warnke, “Natural Forces and Natural Forms” In: Political Landscape:The Art History of Nature (London: Reaction Books, 2004) pp. 89-99.