Inclinations #19: What Do Impossible Objects Do?

May 5, 2015

Or Gallery Berlin is pleased to present Tzuchien Tho in What Do Impossible Objects Do?, for our speaker series Inclinations, hosted by Patricia Reed.


Tzuchien Tho will present some elements of a new manuscript treating the problem of method in contemporary philosophy. The talk will focus on the historical evolution of mathematical structure especially with respect to “impossible” or problematic objects and trace some implications for the evolving gap between thing and representation inherent in philosophical work.


A monthly speaker series at Or Gallery Berlin, hosting philosophers, artists, curators, and…


The presentation of work revolves around the posing of a question that is the thrust of a guest’s activities. It goes without saying that questions may not be answered, but are grappled with in their unresolvability. An inclination is the force of attraction to a question (without a straightforward response), yet also to each other, as a community who partakes in a common quest(ion).
Hosted by Patricia Reed.


# Arriving at a question is already a departure.
# Questions are a declaration of departure.
# Arriving at a question in thought or activity is also the creation of a trajectory, of inclining oneself towards an unknown goal, yet not without direction.
# A question inclines a departure in a particular way, but a question itself is generic – it propels all modes of seeking some thing. Questions possess the force of bending and swerving ideas/action.
# A question is the confrontation and departure from a lack. To arrive at a question is to arrive at a gap in knowledge, action and speech – a gap that cannot be immediately filled in without the inclination towards something other.
# A question is indisciplinary; the inclining magnetism of a question knows no disciplinary bounds.


In Kooperation mit der Botschaft von Kanada/In collaboration with the Embassy of Canada

Participant Bios

Tzuchien Tho is a fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities (Bucharest) and associated researcher at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. He has published and given presentations on problems concerning mathematical objectivity and method in the 17th and 20th century.