Sam Lewitt

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Sam Lewitt
More Heat Than Light

Texts by Anthony Huberman, Elena Filipovic, Melanie Gilligan, Marc von Schlegell

Sam Lewitt’s new work consists of oversized custom flexible heating circuits, used for environmental regulation in the sealed environments of equipment as diverse as medical equipment and food trays, in satalites and chemical vats. The heating circuits in ‘More Heat Than Light’ are several times their conventional size, scaled-up and designed to draw their power and maximize the energy resources of the electrical circuits allotted for lighting within the sites they are inserted into. Energy allotted for stable artificial light is converted in this work into diffuse uneven warmth.

This book is conceived as a stand-alone object utilizing these images as well as research material relating to the work. On one hand, it picks-up the structure of a log of core temperatures of the sort compiled for analysis by the logistics and distribution industry. On the other hand, its format and layout utilize a two-color gradient printing process that interrupts the logical, spatial organization of the gridded screen-shots.

Sam Lewitt (born 1981) is an American artist living and working in New York City. His work was included in the 2012 edition of the Whitney Biennial. He is represented by the Miguel Abreu gallery in New York City and Galerie Buchholz in Cologne and Berlin.

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TEXTE ZUR KUNST #100
December 2015 "The Canon"


ISSUE NO. 100
DECEMBER 2015
„THE CANON“

“Our 100th issue is dedicated to the question of the “canon.” We take up this theme with an interest in reflecting on the journal’s own role in the field of contemporary art — one that, when first initiated in 1990, was markedly counter-canonical, vigorously contesting certain methods of critique while supporting others. And yet, we pause here to acknowledge that after 25 years, we have also doubtlessly played a crucial part in shaping a particular discourse, even normativizing it to some degree. Could it even be said that TzK has established a canon in its own right? With this issue, we now take stock of what TzK’s relationship to the canon might be, and moreover, what the notion of canonicity in 2015 might now represent.”

– Texte Zur Kunst

ISSUE NO. 100 / DECEMBER 2015 “THE CANON”

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE

TOM HOLERT
IN PRAISE OF PRESUMPTUOUSNESS: “KANON-POLITIK ” (1992) REVISITED

DIEDRICH DIEDERICHSEN
MIKE KELLEY

SABETH BUCHMANN
MEDIAL (SELF-)MOVEMENT

ISABELLE GRAW
CANON AND CRITIQUE: AN INTERPLAY / Heimo Zobernig

JULIANE REBENTISCH
25 ARTISTS FROM 1990 TO 2015 / And 25 reasons why each belongs in the Texte zur Kunst canon

GERTRUD KOCH
POLYPHONY OR DISSONANCE / Are there artists lost in the canon?

KERSTIN STAKEMEIER
MORE MANNERISM / Ruth May and Jan Molzberger

GUNTER RESKI
EMBEDDED NUDES / Arno Rink

ALEXANDER GARCÍA DÜTTMANN
OLD WOMEN / Maria Lassnig’s “Du oder ich” (You or me), 2005

BEATE SÖNTGEN
ROSEMARIE TROCKEL

NICK MAUSS
IAN WHITE

TESS EDMONSON
DIS

HANNA MAGAUER
POST-INTERNET: THE NEW ORDER

JOSEPHINE PRYDE
THE INDIVIDUAL

CAROLINE BUSTA
BAD CANON

SIMON DENNY
DISRUPT

KEN OKIISHI
CITIZENSHIP

VALENTINA LIERNUR
SELF-REFLECTIVE SUBJECTS

JUTTA KOETHER
FIGURE OF PAINT: ON THE INCONTROVERTIBLE!

ALICE CREISCHER AND ANDREAS SIEKMANN
TUCUMÁN ARDE

PAMELA M. LEE
GROUP MATERIAL

FELIX VOGEL
MARTIN BECK

SVEN BECKSTETTE
STURTEVANT

CLAIRE FONTAINE
TOWARD A CANONIC FREEDOM

SVEN LÜTTICKEN
FALLING APART, TOGETHER

ROBERT KULISEK AND DAVID LIESKE
HUSBANDS HAVE GOT TO DIE! / A conversation about Taryn Simon

BRIGITTE WEINGART
GREAT & SMALL

HELMUT DRAXLER
CANON OF EXISTENCE, ETHICS OF THE BREAK

ROTATION

ELECTROCONVULSIVE LIT / John Kelsey on Sylvère Lotringer’s “Mad Like Artaud”

REVIEWS

VERWISCHTE GRENZEN / Robert Müller über „Radikal Modern. Planen und Bauen im Berlin der 1960er-Jahre“ in der Berlinischen Galerie

AGING INTO NEW WORLDS: DEUTSCH-AMERIKANISCHE FREUNDSCHAFT / Bettina Funcke surveys five fall 2015 shows in New York

ANGEWANDTER HISTOMAT / Ariane Müller über „to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer. Künstlerische Praktiken um 1990“ im Mumok, Wien

ENIGMA IN THE MIRROR / Luis Felipe Fabre on “In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni” at Museo Jumex, Mexico City

WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD / Nuit Banai on R. H. Quaytman at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

IST KUNST EIN SEXUALPROBLEM? / Eva Birkenstock über Lea Lublin im Lenbachhaus, München

HERE’S NOT HERE / Damon Sfetsios and Elise Duryee-Browner on Stephan Dillemuth at Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

WEAK LOCAL LINEAMENTS / Gareth James on Sam Lewitt at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco

OBITUARIES

PETER SCHEIFFELE (1971–2015)
by Ilka Becker
CHANTAL AKERMAN (1950–2015)
by Tim Griffin

EDITION

JOHN BALDESSARI
NHU DUONG
PETER FISCHLI/DAVID WEISS
WADE GUYTON
RACHEL HARRISON
SARAH MORRIS
ALBERT OEHLEN
RICHARD PHILLIPS
SETH PRICE
GERHARD RICHTER
ROSEMARIE TROCKEL

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Sam Lewitt

Sam Lewitt investigates the complex systems of linguistics and semiotics. The notion of collection and the parallax of language between production and exchange are guiding ideas for his work. In this title the artist extends his analysis of the physical and linguistic conjoining of materials and signs, which organize everyday life. It includes a thirty-nine page frontispiece dealing with the ossified remnants and a shifting lexicon of the identically titled Fluid Employment – a work that takes the form of a disposable, self-contained and unsustainable evaporation system for a magnetic fluid used in a myriad of manufacturing applications, cheap fans and industrial magnets.

Art historian Alex Kitnick and philosopher Nathan Brown reflect on Lewitt’s complication of conventions of informational display, the materiality of literacy and the politics of contradiction in this richly illustrated book.

Designed by Joseph Logan & Sam Lewitt, assisted by Rachel Hudson

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Société Populaire
D.A.F. de Sade, et al

D.A.F. de Sade with contributions by Paul Chan, Claire Fontaine, Gareth James, Sam Lewitt, Pratchaya Phinthong, Pamela Rosenkranz, John Russell, and Antek Walczak.

Translation by Robin Mackay
Edited by Erik Wysocan

Weep no more, citizens; they breathe, these celebrated men for whom we cry; our patriotism reanimates them…

Presented in honor of Marat and Le Pelletier, “Citizen Sade” wrote this memorial address at the height of violence during the French Revolution, just after the start of the Reign of Terror. The text, effusive and cloyingly patriotic, brings to question Sade’s own political position – a provocative impulse all the more remarkable given the addresses audience: the gathered Section des Piques, amongst the most hardline Jacobin districts of Paris. Though frequently cited and made infamous as the inspiration for Peter Weiss’ influential work of avant-garde theater Marat/Sade, the text itself has remained obscure outside of France.

Presented in English for the first time, this new translation by Robin Mackay serves as the historical foundation for a collection of artists’ writings. Included are Paul Chan, Claire Fontaine, Gareth James, Sam Lewitt, Pratchaya Phinthong, Pamela Rosenkranz, John Russell, and Antek Walczak.

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