What are artists and writers to do when, all around them, a total assault on reality, and our capacity to learn from and respond to that, is being waged? Can cultural institutions and practices stand up to this and answer? What would they respond to? What would a cultural response to conditions be? Weiterlesen →
Die Gedanken sind frei. Genauer: Sie müssen frei sein, um in der – milde gesagt – unübersichtlichen Provinz der zeitgenössischen Künste Fehlentwicklungen und Strukturen aufzudecken und daraus einige Prinzipien und Zielvorgaben abzuleiten. Über das Nahziel hinaus ist also ein neues Nach-Denken über den Ist-Zustand der sogenannten Kunst, und über die Soll-Perspektive einer Kunst, die diesen Namen verdient, in der Tat sinnvoll und notwendig. Es geht ums Eingemachte, ums Grundsätzliche. Weiterlesen →
It is surely a challenging discourse for everyone set to dedicate her/his life to working as artist today. We have a statement which we find suited to this topic, a sort of manifesto from 2011, about what an exhibition should be and shouldn’t be in our opinion. It was related to the Venice Biennale from the same year (Romanian pavilion) where we listed on its facade reasons to both be and not be part of such a famous (and at the same time infamous) art event.
Essential to my theories of the power of artistic production is the idea of variation and diversity. I am referring to all forms of diversity or heterogeneity be it in the form of objects, things, relations, human beings or cultural conditions. Art is a generator of diversity and it is this quality that it finds its power as a modifier of the brain potential. Weiterlesen →
In our contemporary experience of culture and its institutions, it may be useful to explore and activate terms such as the commons, generosity and gift, all of which could serve as a foundation for exploring how values emerge, are shared and disseminated to a wider public. Weiterlesen →
“Content is a glimpse”, Willem de Kooning said in one of his interviews. “It is very tiny, very very small”.
Suzanne Sontag refers to Kooning in her famous essay titled ‘Against Interpretation’, where she proposes that art shall never regain the innocence it had before the time of making great theories, when it did not have to explain anything, being part of rituals and rites. Delving under the text and the gesture of interpretation, in a form where content is set aside in favour of covert contents, Sontag recognises as pointless and suffocating. Weiterlesen →
When someone says: „”Where are you going from here, or where are you going to”, I say: “And where do you wish to go? There is nowhere to go…”
The situation that can be seen at present in various fields of community life is one I describe as post-crisis. The multiplying of crises is characteristic in this context. The impression of their great number is magnified by a postmodern blurring of spatial divisions and time vectors. Weiterlesen →
Critical voices are increasingly raised, not just amongst artists, but also amongst art theorists, art historians and journalists, denominating the current situation of the contemporary art as alarming.Weiterlesen →
Wir können die jetzige Situation der Kunst nicht mittels des gleichen Denkens ändern, mit dem wir sie geschaffen haben.