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Walter Benjamin

Konstellation Benjamin

ARTIST Arno Gisinger

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“Konstellation Benjamin” is an image installation, based on 36 photographs color, printed on high quality “blue back” paper and glued directly onto the walls of the exhibition space. The work was created between 2005 and 2009: from Berlin (1933) in Portbou (1940) in thirty-six stills, cut out from the years of exile by Walter Benjamin. Each step is evoked by a photograph (selected from among hundreds of shots over four years), testimony to the current state of these places and non-places of memory, “captioned” by a quote taken from the correspondence of the German philosopher. A constellation of past and present, of photography and historical research, text and image.

The project is accompanied by a book in collaboration with Nathalie Raoux  featuring an afterword by Georges Didi-Huberman; published by Transphotographic press and Bucher Verlag, 2009.


Bookshelves on Walter Benjamin

Bookshelf by Nikos Erinakis


Benjamin, A. and Hanssen, B. (eds.), 2002, Walter Benjamin and Romanticism,  London & New York: Continuum.

Benjamin, A. and Osborne, P. (eds.), 1994/2000, Walter Benjamin’s Philosophy: Destruction and Experience, London & New York: Routledge/Manchester: Clinamen Press.

Ferris, D. S. (ed.), 2004, The Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fischer, G. (ed.), 1996, With The Sharpened Axe of Reason: Approaches to Walter Benjamin, Oxford: Berg.

Gilloch, G., 2002,Walter Benjamin: Critical Constellations. London: Polity.

Goebel, R. J. (ed.), 2009, A Companion to the Works of Walter Benjamin, Rochester & Woodbridge: Camden House.

Hanssen, B. (ed.), 2006, Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project, London & New York: Continuum.

Hartoonian, G., (ed.), 2010, Walter Benjamin and Architecture, London & New York: Routledge.

Leslie, E., 2007,Walter Benjamin. London: Reaktion.

Osborne, P. (ed.), 2005, Walter Benjamin: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory, Volume I: Philosophy, Volume II: Modernity, Volume III: Appropriations, London & New York: Routledge.

Smith, G. (ed.), 1988, On Walter Benjamin: Critical Essays and Recollections, Cambridge, MA. & London: MIT.

Smith, G. (ed.), 1989, Walter Benjamin: Philosophy, Aesthetics, History, Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press.

Steiner, G., 2012,Walter Benjamin: An Introduction to his Work and Thought. Translated by Michael Winkler. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Weigel, S., 1996, Body- and Image-Space: Re-Reading Walter Benjamin, London & New York: Routledge.


Arendt, H., 1968, “Walter Benjamin: 1892–1940.” In Illuminations: Essays and Reflections. By Walter Benjamin. Edited by H. Arendt, 1–59. Translated by H. Zohn. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World.

Caygill, H., 1994, ‘Benjamin, Heidegger and the Destruction of Tradition’, in Benjamin and Osborne 1994/2000, pp. 1–31.

Cowan, B., 1981, ‘Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Allegory’, New German Critique, 22: 109–122.

Habermas, J., 1991, “Walter Benjamin: Consciousness-Raising or Rescuing Critique.” In On Walter Benjamin: Critical Essays and Recollections. Edited by Gary Smith, 90–129. Cambridge, MA: MIT.

Leslie, E., 2008, ‘Revolutionary Potential and Walter Benjamin: A Postwar Reception History’, in Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism , eds. Jacques Bidet and Stavis Kouvelakis, Leiden: Brill, pp. 549–566.

Steiner, G., 1998, “Introduction.” In The Origin of German Tragic Drama. By Walter Benjamin. Translated by John Osborne, 7–25. London: Verso.

Wohlfarth, I., 1992, ‘The Politics of Youth: Walter Benjamin’s Reading of The Idiot’, Diacritics22 (3/4): 160–172.

Arno Gisinger

Visual Artist

Βorn in Austria in 1964. He graduated with a double major in German literature and history from the University of Ιnnsbruck, Austria, and got an MA on Photography from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, France.

Arno Gisinger works as a visual artist and a lecturer of Photography at UFR Arts, Philosophie et Esthétique in Université Paris 8.

His images test visual representations of the past through their different forms of transmission: witnesses, objects, and places. The function of archives, the ambiguous nature of documents and testimonies are central to his concerns. His interdisciplinary approach to his artistic practice has led to collaborative works with philosophers such as Georges Didi-Huberman and art historians. Artist-in-residence in London in 1996, in Paris in 2004, Vietnam in 2007, Rio de Janeiro 2013, Warsaw in 2017.

He has had more than 30 solo exhibitions including venues like Palais de Tokyo and Centre Pompidou (Paris) ; he has also participated in many group shows. His works have been showcased in many countries including Austria, China, Brazil, Lebanon, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland.

Among his several publications are Topoï (2013), Konstellation Benjamin (2009), Imagined Wars (2010) and Hotel Jugoslavija (2008). He gives lectures on photography internationally and conducts seminar workshops. Among the public collections that have acquired his works are MNAM / Centre Pompidou, CNAP, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims Collection of Contemporary Photography, Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery, Austria, Kunstsammlung des Landes Tirol, Kunstsammlung des Landes Vorarlberg, Austria.

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Nikos Erinakis


Nikos Erinakis [b. 1988, Athens] holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy [Universities of London and Oxford], having studied Economics [AUEB], Philosophy and Comparative Literature [Warwick] and Philosophy of the Social Sciences [LSE]. He has taught Aesthetics, Philosophy of Art and Political Philosophy at the University of London and he now teaches at the Athens School of Fine Arts, the University of Athens and the Hellenic Open University. He is the Director of Research of the Institute for Alternative Policies – ENA. He is also a board member of the Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra and has been a board member of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. His first philosophy book Authenticity and Autonomy: From Creativity to Freedom has been recently published by Keimena Press. He is a published, critically acclaimed, poet [Soon Everything Will Be Burning and Will Lit Up Your Eyes, Roes, 2009; In Between Where the Shadow Falls, Gavrielides, 2013 (translated and published in France by Desmos, 2018)] and translator of modern European poets [Georg Trakl: Dark Love of a Wild Generation, Gavrielides, 2011; Paul Celan: North of Future, Gavrielides, 2017]. His papers and poems have been translated and published in journals, edited collections, anthologies and the popular press.

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