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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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Danh Vo
Wad al-hayara

New major monographic catalogue on the work of Danh Vo to accompany his recent solo exhibition at Museo Jumex in Mexico City. Includes texts by Patrick Charpenel, Magalí Arriola, Virgilio Piñera, Mark Godfrey, Patricia Falguières, Francesco Pellizzi & Tom McDonough. The works included in the exhibition refer to precise chapters in history like the Christian evangelization in South-East Asia, the spread of the Vietnam War and the artist’s family’s exile. But they also embody phenomena like cultural cross-contamination and the difficulties of reconciling two different contexts; the (more or less) failed attempts at resisting dominant ideologies, and the severe consequences of expansionism and industrialization. By tackling issues such as migration and displacements, the consequent multiplication of presents and the ensuing need for negotiation with the past come about, echoing the dismembering and disarticulation of bodies, and death as a means of expression that might end up signifying all of our actions.

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Boredom
Edited by Tom McDonough

Without boredom, arguably there is no modernity. The current sense of the word emerged simultaneously with industrialization, mass politics, and consumerism. From Manet onwards, when art represents the everyday within modern life, encounters with tedium are inevitable. And starting with modernism’s retreat into abstraction through subsequent demands placed on audiences, from the late 1960s to the present, the viewer’s endurance of repetition, slowness or other forms of monotony has become an anticipated feature of gallery-going.

In contemporary art, boredom is no longer viewed as a singular experience; rather, it is contingent on diverse social identifications and cultural positions, and exists along a spectrum stretching from a malign condition to be struggled against to an something to be embraced or explored as a site of resistance. This anthology contextualizes the range of boredoms associated with our neoliberal moment, taking a long view that encompasses the political critique of boredom in 1960s France; the simultaneous aesthetic embrace in the United States of silence, repetition, or indifference in Fluxus, Pop, Minimalism and conceptual art; the development of feminist diagnoses of malaise in art, performance, and film; punk’s social critique and its influence on theories of the postmodern; and the recognition, beginning at the end of the 1980s, of a specific form of ennui experienced in former communist states. Today, with the emergence of new forms of labor alienation and personal intrusion, deadening forces extend even further into subjective experience, making the divide between a critical and an aesthetic use of boredom ever more tenuous.

Artists surveyed include:
Chantal Akerman, Francis Alÿs, John Baldessari, Vanessa Beecroft, Bernadette Corporation, John Cage, Critical Art Ensemble, Merce Cunningham, Marcel Duchamp, Fischli & Weiss, Claire Fontaine, Dick Higgins, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Ilya Kabakov, Boris Mikhailov, Robert Morris, John Pilson, Sigmar Polke, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Situationist International, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Andy Warhol, Faith Wilding, Janet Zweig

Writers include:
Ina Blom, Nicolas Bourriaud, Jennifer Doyle, Alla Efimova, Jonathan Flatley, Julian Jason Haladyn, The Invisible Committee, Jonathan D. Katz, Chris Kraus, Tan Lin, Sven Lütticken, John Miller, Agné Narušyté, Sianne Ngai, Peter Osborne, Patrice Petro, Christine Ross, Moira Roth, David Foster Wallace, Aleksandr Zinovyev

About the Author
Tom McDonough is Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the author of “The Beautiful Language of My Century”: Reinventing the Language of Contestation in Postwar France, 1945–1968 (MIT Press)

From the “Documents of Contemporary Art” series.

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Wolfgang Tillmans
What's Wrong with Redistribution?

Wolfgang Tillmans’ (born 1968) “Truth Study Centre” has been a fixed component of his exhibitions since he first showed a version of the multipart tabletop installation in 2005. Often arising from local circumstances and current issues at the time of their creation, the “Truth Study Centre” works mark an endeavor to establish a clear perspective in confusing times. The scope and complexity of this project become apparent for the first time through this book, the second-following “Manual” (2007)-dedicated to this set of works. Over the span of 320 pages (printed using a high-resolution technique), Tillmans presents an alternative chronology of the present. Far exceeding his original and main medium of photography, he juxtaposes a variety of contrary opinions, statements and comparisons on recurring table formats. The dimensions of the wooden tables, which he designed himself, are not arbitrary: they are built using standard British door panels, 78 inches long, and with one of four different standard widths. This book gives an overview, through lavish reproductions, of this new form of collage, in which picture, text and object “are only kept in place by their own weight,” as the photographer puts it. An essay by Tom McDonough, Professor for Art History at Birmingham University, New York, places Tillmans’ project within the context of 20th-century collage, from Hannah Höch to Robert Rauschenberg. This artist’s book, produced in Tillmans’ Berlin atelier, includes a Fresnel magnifying glass, making it possible to zoom in on the contents and read even the smallest of printed texts.

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