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Starship No.15

Contributors to Starship 15: Nadja Abt, Tenzing Barshee, Gerry Bibby, Mercedes Bunz, Lou Cantor, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Jay Chung, Hans-Christian Dany, Helmut Draxler, Francesca Drechsler, Martin Ebner, Jana Euler, Julian Göthe, Toni Hildebrandt, Karl Holmqvist, Judith Hopf, Stephan Janitzky, Jakob Kolding, Robert McKenzie, Maria Loboda, Nick Mauss, Robert Meijer, Ariane Müller, Christopher Müller, Eileen Myles, Gunter Reski, Mandla Reuter, Cameron Rowland, Julia Scher, Mark von Schlegell, Eva Seufert, Diamond Stingily, Wolfgang Tillmans, Vera Tollmann, Haytham El-Wardany, Nicole Wermers, Amelie von Wulffen, Stephanie Wurster, Florian Zeyfang.

Editors: Nikola Dietrich, Martin Ebner, Ariane Müller, Henrik Olesen.
Layout concept: Starship and Dan Solbach.
Graphic Design: Philip Reinartz.
Cover: Gerry Bibby, Gina Folly.
Centerfold: Amelie von Wulffen.
Backcover: Martin Ebner

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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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TEXTE ZUR KUNST #101
MARCH 2016 “POLARITIES”

 


ISSUE NO. 101 / MARCH 2016 “POLARITIES”

Issue No. 101 of Texte zur Kunst takes “Polarities” as its theme – a term we associate with what’s unfolding around us right now: ideological polarization, from Pegida to Donald Trump. How do we understand the growing gap between the ideals of tech/smooth space (where the art world tends to reside, swiftly neutralizing any resistance as “content”) and the striated regions of material unrest? How do we understand “polarization” despite our dominant, and inherently continuous, neoliberal system? Given these macro conditions in which art critical and art historical discourses are currently being formed, and within which they will need to position themselves, could the image of polarization be something not to avoid but to engage; perhaps even a potentially generative model for times that are anything but ideology-free?

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE

ET SOUS LA PLAGE … ? / Philipp Felsch interviews Timothy Brennan on the state of left theory

HELMUT DRAXLER
ALWAYS POLARIZE? / Conditions and limitations of a model of argumentation

LIBERTY, EQUALITY, SECURITY / Four questions for Carolin Emcke

ENTER THE VOID / Roy Scranton and @LILINTERNET on hyperreality and reflexive narrative

DANIEL COLUCCIELLO BARBER AND DAVIS RHODES
THE TERROR WITHIN

ANTEK WALCZAK
GLOBALLY POSITIONED

GABRIELE WERNER
HEIMAT / Notes on the enduring renaissance of an idea
BILDSTRECKE

GERHARD RICHTER
“12 PHOTOGRAPHS OF ULRIKE MEINHOF” / Taken in October 1966 for “Konkret” by Inge-Maria Peters
NEW DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL CUSTOMS / Sven Lütticken on Germany’s Kulturgutschutzgesetz
ROTATION

IST DER MENSCH DOCH NOCH ZU RETTEN? / Svenja Bromberg über Nina Powers Aufsatzsammlung „Das kollektive politische Subjekt“
HEY MOTHERFUCKERS, HERE IS YOUR ­GENERATIONAL NOVEL / Tobias Madison über Seth Prices Roman „Fuck Seth Price“

SHORT WAVES

Hans-Jürgen Hafner über Daniel Richter in der Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/M. / Astrid Mania über Verena Pfisterer bei Exile, Berlin / Ana Teixeira Pinto on Július Koller at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw / Beate Söntgen über Joan Mitchell im Museum Ludwig, Köln / Daniel Keller on Peter Fend at Barbara Weiss and Oracle, Berlin / Manfred Hermes über Anne Speier bei Silberkuppe, Berlin

REVIEWS

SPERRIGE NAHEVERHÄLTNISSE / Eva Kernbauer über „to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer. Künstlerische Praktiken um 1990“ im Mumok, Wien
DER GESCHMACK DES PRIVATEN / Barbara Buchmaier und Christine Woditschka über die Sammlung Würth im Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
BENEFITS / Sarah Lookofsky on “Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan ­Wagner” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
NOBODY EVER DID WHAT WE DID / David Rimanelli on Dash Snow at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut
MALEREI MALGRÉ TOUT / Maria Muhle über „Painting 2.0“ im Museum Brandhorst, ­München
PUNK’S NOT DEAD, JUST DIFFERENT / Gili Tal on “Rum, sodomy, and the lash” at Eden Eden, Berlin
WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU / Jenny Nachtigall on Carolee Schneemann at Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
FREMDE ZUNGEN / Yilmaz Dziewior über „Slip of the Tongue“ in der Punta della Dogana, Venedig
LOCAL UNION / Rhea Anastas on Union Gaucha Productions at Artists Space, New York

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THEA DJORDJADZE
DANA SCHUTZ

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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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