How can we learn something that we don’t yet know? This sounds like a paradox, but isn’t it actually what research is all about? In recent years, several post-representational curatorial and artistic endeavours and forms of practice-based research have tried to encounter this paradox. Nora Sternfeld’s lecture follows curatorial and artistic strategies of knowledge production as exploration, investigation, imagination, and/or reflection. Rather than representing valuable objects and objective values, these strategies have entered a process of ‘negotiating with reality’: they act in the space between representation and presence and challenge what can be seen, done, and said.