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TEXTE ZUR KUNST #105
MARCH 2017 “THEY ARE US"

 

ISSUE NO. 105 / MARCH 2017 “THEY ARE US / WIR SIND IHR”

With Issue #105, TZK considers the nationalist, conservative, and racist ideologies that have recently become more visible across Europe and the US, giving particular focus to questions of border politics and migration — of humans, of data, of patrimony, of signs. Advised by Helmut Draxler, Isabelle Graw, and Susanne Leeb, this issue was conceived prior to the US presidential election as a cooler reflection on present political debates. And yet having been produced amid the chaos of the Trump administration’s first weeks, it also necessarily stands as a reflection of political-aesthetic thinking during markedly volatile times: Wir sind Ihr? They are us? We are them?

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

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PREFACE

ROUNDTABLE
BUT WHO IS “THEY”? / Roundtable discussion with Manuela Bojadžijev, Nikita Dhawan, and Christoph Menke, moderated by Helmut Draxler on Refugee and Migrant Flows as a Challenge for Political Thought

OVERCOMING MUTE RELATIONS, OR, 
THINKING WITH YOUR FEET / Angela Melitopoulos in conversation with Susanne Leeb

Daniel Keller
NEW DEVELOPMENT
HALFTIME VIBES / John Kelsey on Meditations in an Emergency
WEDER WOHNUNG NOCH WÄHRUNG / Diedrich Diederichsen über den Intendantenwechsel an der Berliner Volksbühne
BEGEHREN IN BETON / Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer über die Feuerle -Collection

LIEBE ARBEIT KINO
OF DREAMS, LIES, AND WIRES / Tom McDonough on Adam Curtis’s “HyperNormalisation”
MEDIALER GESTUS / Rainer Bellenbaum über Douglas Gordons Film 
„I Had Nowhere to Go“
EU DESESPERO E ABRAÇO A TUA AUSÊNCIA: 
“AQUARIUS” OR CINEMA AFTER NEO-FASCISM  / Daniel R. Quiles on Kleber Mendonça Filho’s “Aquarius”
FAST UNANGENEHM DEUTLICH / Anke Dyes und Anna Voswinckel über Jill Soloways 
Fernsehserie „I love Dick“

ROTATION
MACH ES NICHT SELBST / Daniel Loick über „Staying with the Trouble. Making Kin in the Chthulucene“ von Donna Haraway
(POST-)EMPIRE STATE OF MIND / Emily Segal on Cat Marnell’s “How to Murder Your Life”
RELEVANTE UPDATES / Christian Egger über Raymond Pettibon im 
Museum der Moderne Salzburg

SHORT WAVES
Micaela Durand on Heji Shin at Real Fine Arts, New York / Arne Schmitt über Candida Höfer im Neuen Berliner Kunstverein / Hans-Jürgen Hafner über Peter Duka bei Zwinger Galerie / Ana Finel Honigman on Dan Attoe at Peres ­Projects, Berlin / Tina Schulz über Willem Oorebeek im Magazin 4 in Bregenz

REVIEWS
ZUCKER UND SHAME / Ulrike Bergermann über „Deutscher Kolonialismus“ 
im Deutschen Historischen Museum, Berlin
MODELS AND AGENCIES / Ben Caton on “The Ulm Model” at Raven Row, London
ART HISTORY, REMASTERED / Abbe Schriber on Kerry James Marshall at the Met Breuer, New York
AESTHETICIZED PLAY / Stefaan Vervoort on Ludger Gerdes at the Museum Haus Lange, 
Krefeld, Germany

NACHRUFE / OBITUARIES
BARBARA WEISS (1960–2016)
by Monika Baer and John Miller
by Andreas Siekmann
JOHN BERGER (1926–2017)
by Tom Holert
by Svetlana Alpers

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Aesthetics of the Flesh
Felix Ensslin, Charlotte Klink (Eds.)


With contributions by Jennifer Allen, Sabeth Buchmann, Annett Busch, Nils Büttner, Marcus Coelen, Discoteca Flaming Star, Helmut Draxler, Felix Ensslin, Mechthild Fend, Susanne Leeb, Christoph Menke, Frank Ruda, Jan de Vos, Charles T. Wolfe

Word becomes flesh, God becomes pigment, beauty becomes empirical form, power negotiates itself in matter—and vice versa: these are some of the connotations carried by the aesthetics of the flesh.

Flesh has been negotiated with the incarnate, the skin-like surface of paint transcends its material condition toward the embodiment of spirit. But flesh is also, for example, behind the postcolonial metaphor of anthropophago (i.e., incorporating multiple cultural traditions that are at war with each other). It can be further associated with the material of surgery, itself an heir to contradictory impulses—namely, the discourse of modern aesthetics on the one hand, and of a positivist, even naïve scientism on the other. Flesh is the topos of a thought that is unthinkable and the amoral site where force is creative. Philosophically, these primal scenes of the flesh are grouped by Descartes, and also in the radical enlightenment of philosophical materialism. Following on from Cartesian dualism, philosophy is faced with the task of valorizing the flesh beyond the religious support of incarnation. Finally, the never-ending thought which sees the flesh as an unattainable other appears—always present in its absence in each and every aesthetic discourse.

This reader, based on a three-day symposium at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart, traces the aesthetic concept of flesh in four sections: “Cut Power Matter,” “Form Cannibalism,” “Flesh Skin Surface,” and “Word Flesh Thought.” From perspectives as diverse as art history, religion, psychoanalysis, psychology, materialist philosophy, phenomenology, surgery, film studies, and literary studies, the articles present this concept, while at the same time showing how it surpasses the attempts to systematize or define it.

Design by Matthias Christ, Philipp Schmidt, Stuttgart

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The Power of Judgement: A Debate on Aesthetic Critique
Isabelle Graw & Daniel Birnbaum (Eds.)

Texts by Daniel Loick and Christoph Menke

The Power of Judgment both attests to the importance of judgment in art criticism and argues against its determining verdicts. Comprised of a lecture by Christoph Menke and two respective responses to it by Daniel Loick and Isabelle Graw, this book brings together a dialogue on judgment originally begun at the Institut für Kunstkritik, Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main.

“Pointing to the necessity of an aesthetic judgment that produces controversy and dissent, The Power of Judgment deliberately takes up a proposition that can be debated.”

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