Vilem Flusser (born May 12, 1920)
life cycle 124875 (2)
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Today 14.07.2018 (2039) I had a desire to calculate the life cycles of Vilem Flusser, I was “surprised” this day refers to its life cycle 🙂
You should know: a person lives even after transition
Thanks to Vilem Flusser for the book (Für eine Philosophie der Fotografie, Russian edition, circulation 1000, signed in print on November 14, 2007)14.11.2007 = 2032 (the day refers to the life cycle of Vilem Flusser)
1937 Martin Buber’s lecture “Prejudice against God” has a strong influence on Flusser‘s thinking.
In 1939, shortly after the Nazi occupation, Flusser emigrated to London (with Edith Barth, his later wife, and her parents) to continue his studies for one term at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Vilém Flusser lost all of his family in the German concentration camps: his father died in Buchenwald in 1940; his grandparents, his mother and his sister were brought to Auschwitz and later to Theresienstadt where they were killed. The next year, he emigrated to Brazil, living both in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. He started working at a Czech import/export company and then at Stabivolt, a manufacturer of radios and transistors.
1943 Birth of son Miguel Gustavo.
The project of the first monograph on the history of the eighteenth-century thought (Die Geistesgeschichte des 18. Jahrhunderts, in German), on which the philosopher had been working in 1951, was aborted. However, there are references to it in the correspondence that Flusser exchanged with his cousin David Flusser, Alex Bloch, his intellectual peers, and some publishers. In a letter to Alex Bloch on the 2nd May 1951, Flusser talked about the method he applied to his book: “Um ihn metodisch zu planen, muss man sich einen beliebigen Ausschnit aus der Geschichte wählen, zu Beispiel das 18. Jahrhundert, und versuchen, von diesem Angriffspunkt aus, das Sichtfeld zu erweitern.” info http://www.flusserstudies.net/sites/www.flusserstudies.net/files/media/attachments/batlickova-unto-the-third-fourth-generation.pdf
1957/1958 He writes “History of the Devil” in German, followed by the Portuguese “A história do diabo”.
In The History of the Devil, Flusser frames the human situation from a pseudo-religious point of view. The phenomenal world, or “reality” in a general sense, is identified as the “Devil,” and that which transcends phenomena, or the philosophers’ and theologians’ “reality,” is identified as “God.” Referencing Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus in its structure, Flusser provocatively leads the reader through an existential exploration of nothingness as the bedrock of reality, where “phenomenon” and “transcendence,” “Devil” and “God” become fused and confused. So radically confused, in fact, that Flusser suggests we abandon the quotation marks from the terms “Devil” and “God.” At this moment of abysmal confusion, we must make the existential decisions that give direction to our lives.
1963 First book publication: “Lingua e realidade” [Language and Reality]. Appointment to lecture in Communication Theories at the University of São Paulo. Lecture Series “Filosofia da Lingua” [Philosophy of Language].
1963/1964 Writing of the manuscript “Da Dúvida” [On Doubt].
1964 Position of Appointed Professor of Communication Theories at the Faculty for Communication and Humanities of Fundação A.A. Penteado (FAAP) in São Paulo. Flusser holds this chair until 1970. He is nominated member of the advisory board of the São Paulo Biennale.
As delegate for cultural cooperation with Northern America and Europe of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, Flusser lectures in Harvard, Boston, Yale, at the MIT and numerous European universities and institutions. The FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the SZ (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and Die Presse (Vienna) print articles by Flusser.
In 1970, when a reform took place at the University of São Paulo by the Brazilian military government, all Lecturers of Philosophy (members of the Department of Philosophy) were dismissed. Flusser, who taught at the Engineering School (Escola Politécnica), had to leave the university as well. At first, he immigrated to the North of Italy (Tyrol). Then, he lived in both Germany and the South of France (Aix-en-Provence). To the end of his life, he was quite active writing and giving lectures around media theory and working with new topics (Philosophy of Photography, Technical Images, etc.).
1970/1971 He writes the manuscript “Auf der Suche nach einem neuen Menschen” [In search of a new man]. The Portuguese “Em busca de um Novo Homem” is published as “Fenomenologia do brasileiro” [Phenomenology of the Brazilian] in 1998. The publication of a collection of scattered phenomenological drafts “Coisas que me cercam” [Things that surround me] fails.
1977/1978 Flusser summarizes his concepts of communication-philosophy, first in English and German, then in French, in the book manuscript “Mutations of Human Relations”, published as “Kommunikologie”.
1985/1986 Flusser is working on the manuscript for the book “Hat Schreiben Zukunft?”.
1990 Opening lecture “Zelte” [Tents] at the “steirischer herbst” in Graz, Austria.
1990/1991 His work on “Menschwerdung” [Becoming Human] remains unfinished.
1991 Visiting professor at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, with seminars on human communication, structures of communication and communicology as culture critique. He gives a talk at “Cultec – Kultur und Technik im 21. Jahrhundert” (Wissenschaftszentrum NRW) in Essen, Germany, called “Die Informationsgesellschaft. Phantom oder Realität?” [Information Society. Phantom or Reality?] Lecture “Paradigmenwechsel” [Change of Paradigm] at the Goethe-Institute, Prague. The very next day, on the 27th of November Flusser dies in a car accident. He is buried at the Jewish cemetery in Prague.
27.11.1991 = 2029 (life cycle 124875 (1) invasion )