Inversionen #1

Lucy Raven: A Ghost Story for Adults

Exhibition, Warburg-Haus, Hamburg

Curated by Petra Lange-Berndt & Rebekka Seubert


8 – 10 June 2018, Premiere Thursday, 7 June, 7.30pm

Friday – Sunday open from 2 – 8pm, admission free



7. June, 7.30pm Premiere A Ghost Story for Adults, a live cinema play by Lucy Raven, sounds by Volker Zander

Reading Room, Warburg-Haus, Heilwigstraße 116, Hamburg-Eppendorf

As capacity is limited, please reserve a seat by email:


8 June, 2pm Round Table — Lucy Raven in conversation with Petra Lange-Berndt, Rebekka Seubert and Volker Zander

Römischer Garten, Kösterbergstraße 40E, Hamburg-Blankenese



Inversionen is a new series of exhibitions and events devoted to the unabated significance and global reach of Aby Warburg’s research and ideas. Contemporary artists will be invited at regular intervals to produce previously unshown, site-sensitive works in response to Warburg’s methods and interests and to the history and architecture of the celebrated building at no. 116 on Heilwigstraße.

The series starts in summer 2018 with Lucy Raven (*1977, Tucson, Arizona, lives in New York, USA). The internationally acclaimed artist has been exploring Aby Warburg’s work over many years, analysing complex migrations of imagery through photographs, videos, installations and performances. In her versatile practice, Lucy Raven turns our gaze to the periphery of image production in the mass media, including the work happening behind the camera or between the sequences of a film, as much as what is imaged in the picture itself. Her work explores the effects of technology and labor in the production of movies, and reexamines the relationship between sound and moving image.

Lucy Raven’s project for the Warburg-Haus follows a thread in her work that uses artistic research to transform institutions into places for moving picture installations and live cinema. For the premiere of A Ghost Story for Adults on 7 June 2018, the artist will present a live cinema play in the elliptical Reading Room and Lecture Hall, accompanied by musician Volker Zander (*1968, Fulda, lives in Cologne) on the Trautonium. This instrument, a precursor of the synthesizer, was designed in the late 1920s at the same time as the architecture for the Warburg library, the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek.


In summer 2019 the series will continue with an installation by the artist Georges Adéagbo (*1942, Cotounou, Benin, lives and works in Hamburg and Togbin, Benin).


Generously supported by Warburg-Melchior-Olearius-Stiftung, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Liebelt Stiftung and Universität Hamburg.