Georg Witte’s contribution to the project consists in the study Form and Effect: On the Relation of Psychological and Poetological Rhythm Research. In his previous works on the Russian avant-garde he has investiated the dynamization of the surface of writing (2005, 2012) and kinetographies (2004) in futurist and constructivist books; the connections between the aesthetics of things and the aesthetics of movement (2006, 2008); the avant-garde confrontation of mimesis and montage (2010b); and the encounter of the cultures of knowledge of experimental psychology with those of the human sciences at the ‘State Academy of the Artistic Sciences’ (2013). Preparatory work for the study “Form and Effect” has yielded lectures on Andrei Bely’s concept of rhythm and on the dimension of rhythm’s political efficacy in the early Soviet Union. Here rhythm was examined within its proper field of tension: oscillating between its organizing and disciplining function, on the one hand, and its ecstatic and transgressive function on the other. In addition, Georg Witte has critically reflected on aspects of the fictional experience of time around 1900 (2010a), as well as the concept of the “utopian” in the avant-garde. His research also emphasizes post-avant-garde literary and artistic currents in Russia since 1960 (samizdat writing and speaking practices, conceptualism, etc.). Georg Witte is the managing director of the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature since 2013, as well as the leader of the “Culture” division at the Eastern Europe Institute of the Free University Berlin.

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