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Winfried Gerling, Fabian Goppelsröder

What the case is...

Publisher: Kadmos Verlag GmbH, Berlin 2017.
ISBN 978-3-86599-355-7
78 pages, 17 x 24 cm, paperback, 35 illustrations (coloured)

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"The world is all that is the case." But what is the case? Can it be depicted, photographed? Is it simply an indisputable fact, fact, certainty? Or, as a fall, it makes precisely these certainties appear insecure and precarious.

The pictorial history of falling is still short. Only with photography does this peculiar entanglement of determination and freedom actually become a subject. And only the media stubbornness of chronophotography makes the complexity of the process visible.
On the other hand, his story as a figure of thought reaches back to the narrative about the expulsion from paradise. Heinrich von Kleist sees the case as a sign of the "fragile institution of the world" in general. Bit by bit, the permanent falling from lapsus to human condition develops. Man, the world, is everything that is in fall. At a time when GoPro is multiplying the kick of falling into web videos, everything reliable and stable loses its appeal. At the beginning of the 21st century, the fall has become the sign of an entire culture.

The series "Zwiegespräche" of the Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies ZeM is dedicated to the manifold forms and methods of media science research and knowledge production. As an intensive dialogue between two authors, each individual volume modulates a concept, a question, a phenomenon or event in the space of its associations. Instead of simply combining two works on one subject loosely, a mutually instigating, inspiring and infectious exchange is to emerge. Through the graphic and content-related interlacing of the contributions, the common footnote apparatus and the continuous series of images as a further level of argumentation, "Zwiegespräche" (dialogues) were found to be a form of their own, carrying the particular reference. "What is the case ... Precarious Choreographies", created in collaboration with Merle Ibach and Hans Kannewitz, is the first volume in the series with which the format was conceptually developed.