Issue #104 of TzK examines a key protagonist of the modern age: the individual. As our cover suggests, there is an inherent tragedy to this being who, however autonomous, is beholden to a program that it must internalize at the price of suffering enormously. This issue takes up the individual not as a fixed subject, but as a mode of the self that shifts according to the current form of governance, asking how 15-some years of the “new spirit of capitalism” has shaped her – as an artist, as an entrepreneur, as a “productive” contemporary self.
ISSUE NO. 104 / DECEMBER 2016 “THE INDIVIDUAL”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INVEST YOURSELF! / Wendy Brown in conversation with Isabelle Graw
FROM THE ONE TO THE MANY
CAN THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SELF TWEET? / An interview with Ulrich Bröckling
BUFFERING OF THE SELF: GUISING IN THE MID-’00S / Storm van Helsing, André Rottmann, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Reena Spaulings, @lilinternet, i.i.i., Luther Blissett — on — Luther Blissett, JT LeRoy, Reena Spaulings, @lonelygirl15, Claire Fontaine, An Hero, Lee Williams, and Strom van Helsing
SPEECH GESTURES / Notes on the individual and the socialization of language after Gutenberg
PRODUCING INDIVIDUALITY / The Artist among his Contemporaries
I’M NOT PUNK / Alex Israel in conversation with Texte zur Kunst
FEEDBACK FÜR BLINDE FLECKE / Karin Gludovatz über „Jenseits des Spiegels. Das Sehen in Kunstgeschichte und Visual Culture Studies“ von Susanne von Falkenhausen
WORLD WIDE WEB / Anthony Vidler on Felicity D. Scott’s “Outlaw Territories”
LIEBE ARBEIT KINO
LANGSAMER ABSCHIED / Esther Buss über Albert Serras „La mort de Louis XIV“
DAS SICH SELBST TRÄUMENDE INTERNET / Sulgi Lie über Werner Herzogs „Lo and Behold. Reveries of the Connected World“
SHARING ANGST / Gaby Tront on Anne Imhof’s “Angst II” at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Mikael Brkic on Alex Israel at the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo / Steven Warwick on Morag Keil at Eden Eden, Berlin / Hanna Magauer über Dana Schutz bei Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin / Tonio Kröner über Amelie von Wulffen in der Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin / Kari Rittenbach on Margaret Lee at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York / Susanne von Falkenhausen über „Die zu sein scheint, die bin ich.“ Birgit Jürgenssen, Cindy Sherman, Katharina Sieverding und Francesca Woodman in der Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
INDIVIDUELLER ORIENT / Diedrich Diederichsen über Michael Buthe im Haus der Kunst, München
ÜBERBLENDUNGSVERHÄLTNISSE / Sabeth Buchmann über Ellen Cantor im Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
… MY MERE SELF / Rachel Haidu on Kai Althoff at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
DIE KUNST DER STUNDE / Susanne Leeb über Kader Attia im Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt / M.
RUBY STERLING ZEIGT STERLING RUBY / Tanja Widmann und Inka Meißner über Sterling Ruby im Winterpalais Wien
DAS VIRTUELLE IM PHYSISCHEN / Hanne Loreck über Katrin Mayer und Eske Schlüters in der Kunsthalle Lingen
WHY BOTHER WITH SHOW BUSINESS? / Bosko Blagojevic on Antek Walczak at Real Fine Arts, New York
WERKE / Nikola Dietrich über Karl Holmqvist und Klara Lidén im Kunstverein Braunschweig
BIRD OF PARADISE / Frank Wagner (1958–2016) in the words of Julie Ault
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by Rosalind E. Krauss
Since the 1970s Rosalind Krauss has been exploring the art of painters, sculptors, and photographers, examining the intersection of these artists’ concerns with the major currents of postwar visual culture. These essays on nine women artists are framed by the question, born of feminism, “What evaluative criteria can be applied to women’s art?” In the case of surrealism, in particular, some have claimed that surrealist women artists must either redraw the lines of their practice or participate in the movement’s misogyny. Krauss resists that claim, for these “bachelors” are artists whose expressive strategies challenge the very ideals of unity and mastery identified with masculinist aesthetics. Some of this work (such as that of Louise Bourgeois or Cindy Sherman) could be said to find its power in strategies associated with such concepts as écriture feminine. Bachelors attempts to do justice to these and other artists (Claude Cahun, Dora Maar, Louise Lawler, Francesca Woodman) in the terms their works demand.
Rosalind E. Krauss, University Professor at Columbia University and an editor and cofounder of October magazine, is the author of The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths (1985), The Optical Unconscious (1993), The Picasso Papers (1999), and Bachelors (1999), all published by the MIT Press, and coauthor (with Yve-Alain Bois) of Formless: A User’s Guide (Zone Books, 1997).
“[S]timulating, difficult, and often dazzling…Bachelors is a smart and often profound book that makes avaluable contribution to the gendered field it abhors.” Carol Zemel, Women’s Review of Books.
Contents: By way of introduction, Claude Cahun and Dora Maar; portrait of the artist as “fillette”, Louise Bourgeois; the “cloud”, Agnes Martin; contingent, Eva Hesse; untitled, Cindy Sherman; problem sets, Francesca Woodman; bachelors, Sherrie Levine; souvenir memories, Louise Lawler.
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Chantal Akerman, Lili Dujourie, Francesca Woodman
Ellipsis features photography, film and video from the 1970s and the early 1980s by Chantal Akerman (b. 1950), Lili Dujourie (b. 1941) and Francesca Woodman (1958–81). This is the first joint exhibition of their work, curated by Lynne Cooke, Chief Curator at Dia Center for the Arts in New York.
Lynne Cooke writes:
Although born ten years apart and in very different circumstances, the three artists featured in this exhibition each profited from the turn to still photography, and other lens-based technologies – film, slide projection and the newer medium of video – that dominated vanguard art practice in the late 1960s. Taking themselves – their bodies and their immediate circumstances – as their point of departure, during the 1970s all three made performative work for the camera. Tellingly, the sites they favored were mostly their own studios or domestic interiors. Beyond this quite evident concurrence of interest in the self as both artist and model, as subject and object of the gaze, there runs a deeper if more elusive thread that links their art from this period. Less a mood than a state of being, or frame of mind, its content could be described in existential terms as the estranged relation of the female subject to her world; in the terminology of current critical discourse, their abiding preoccupations centered on the construction and representation of identity.
The words Hommage à followed by an ellipsis (…) form the title of the first five of the seventeen videos Lili Dujourie produced between 1972 and 1981. Numerous names come to mind to complete this phrase, among them the Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni. Of particular interest to this exhibition is the proposal of a relation between the artworks of Akerman, Dujourie and Woodman and the films of Antonioni. The fragility and precariousness of his principal characters is evidenced in the ways in which their identities seem to split, double or dissipate so that each becomes unable to find coherence in a shifting amorphous world, and so verges on alienation. Through a signature language centered in an innovative treatment of space and time, Antonioni forged new formal and conceptual means to explore the identities of his subjects, means which resonate tellingly in the works of these three artists.
- Ellipsis: Chantal Akerman, Lili Dujourie, Francesca Woodman
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