Image Match Book Cover“Image Match” is a publication following a conference of the same name, which took place at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in 2010. I presented a paper on eclecticism as a strategy in Manga & Anime. My point was that mixing and fragmenting the history and the iconic reservoir of “Others” (in our case, European history in fictional stories like D.Gray-man or Berserk) is on the one hand a maybe involuntarily subversive strategy against essentialist concepts of culture (cp. Anthropophagia), and on the other hand a sign of today’s crisis of representation, which makes essentialist and unequivocal images somehow less “realistic” than the ambiguous and fictionalized.

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