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Tobias Rees - Participant

Tobias Rees is Founding Director of the Transformations of the Human program at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles; Reid Hoffman Professor at Parsons, the New School in New York; and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

Previously he held positions at the University of Zurich/Switzerland and at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he served as William Dawson Chair.

He holds degrees in Philosophy (Heidelberg, Germany), Anthropology (University of California, Berkeley), and Neurobiology (Paris, France).

Rees is a globally recognized expert on the history of thought on how the categories that silently structure our ways of thinking and doing emerged and changed over time. His research focuses on how events the sudden or slow and accumulative emergence of the unanticipated undermine such categories of though and transform the previously taken for granted into questions no one has answers for. More specifically, he is interested in how such events reconfigure or render obsolete the categories of the human, of nature, and of technology.

Alone and together with colleagues, Rees has sought to build new conceptual and institutional possibilities for rendering visible the philosophical, aesthetic, and political stakes of contemporary technology and science.

He has worked as advisor to many North American and European Universities on how to re-invent the human sciences and has collaborated with curators and museums around the world.

Rees has a long-standing history of working with artists.



The Berggruen Institute


Director, Transformations of the Human