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A coffin to bury the statues of the ­ancestors
A coffin to bury the  statues of the ­ancestors

Clémentine Deliss

The Repatriation of the White Cube

I was initially slightly sceptical of the ramifications and undertones of Renzo Martens’ project in central Congo. But as I found out on a recent visit to Lusanga in DRC, it is precisely the complexity and radical ambiguity of the enterprise that provides it with both artistic as well as socio-economic and political relevance. The work operates across several registers, each with its own context and syntax, be it within farming or art. What really convinces me is the equity...
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  • Africa
  • colonialism
  • colonial history
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About ‘how we treat the others’

Artur Żmijewski

About ‘how we treat the others’

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  • political aesthetics
  • gift
  • propaganda
  • migration
  • Poland
  • ethics
  • contemporary art
  • concentration camp
  • documenta
  • National Socialism
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Eric Baudelaire

A for Anomie

A for Anomie

The idea that terrorism and other forms of political violence are directly related to strains caused by strongly held grievances has been one of the most common explanations to date and can be traced to a diverse set of theoretical concepts including relative deprivation, social disorganization, breakdown, tension, and anomie. Merton (1938) identifies anomie as a cultural condition of frustration, in which values regarding goals and how to achieve them conflict with limitations on the means of achievement.

Gary LaFree and Laura Dugan, “Research on Terrorism and Countering Terrorism”, Crime and Justice, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2009.

 

B for Block or Blocked

If terrorism in each of its expressions can be considered an indicator of the existence of a political block (of an impossibility of reacting if one wishes to react differently), this influences its real ability to modify the situation. Terrorism has been historically more successful when it was not...

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Straub/Huillet: Sagen Sie's den Steinen

13.09.2017 – 19.11.2017

Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin
Deutschland

Yves Netzhammer: Book Presentation and Artist’s Talk

22.08.2017, 18:30

ETH Zürich Graphische Sammlung
Rämistrasse 101
8092 Zürich
Schweiz

Exhibition: On Series, Scenes and Sequences – FEATURE Yves Netzhammer

16.08.2017 – 03.09.2017

ETH Zürich Graphische Sammlung
Rämistrasse 101
8092 Zürich
Schweiz

Storming of the Winter Palace: History as Theater

23.09.2017 – 25.10.2017

Gessnerallee Zürich
Gessnerallee 8
8001 Zürich
Schweiz

 

 

Fragility is the only thing I really know about me
Fragility is the only thing I really know about me

Claire Denis

“Fragility is the only thing I really know about me”

I am not a very balanced person. I am fragile and sad – almost as described in Triste Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss. I feel both those adjectives, I grew up with them. I was aware of my fragility even when I was very young – a baby, learning to walk, living somewhere in Africa and already feeling that the number of white persons was very small compared to the number of black persons and also noticing that most of the...
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  • identity
  • autofiction
  • film d'auteur
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Stanislaus von Moos

Notes on Swiss-Californian Architecture and »Counter-Culture«

Zurich and the ‘gnomes of Zurich’ have long become colloquial bywords for the obscure financial transactions in the years immediately preceding World War II, transactions that left a stain in the publicly perceived record of the Alpine confederation. What is less known is that the city and the country had also played a considerable role in organizing and consolidating the kind of architectural cosmopolitanism that turned out to become the leading visual idiom (if not the “ruling taste”) of the Pax Americana. In fact, this kind of Swiss postwar cosmopolitanism may not even be entirely unrelated to the prewar sacrifice of political innocence, in so far as both are due to the peculiarly Swiss mix of pragmatism, political neutrality and anticommunism. This mix appears to have contributed much to the lure of Switzerland as an island of peace in the heart of Europe where milk and honey appeared to flow,...

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  • history of architecture
  • California
  • 1960s
  • architecture
  • Le Corbusier
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Karen Barad

When two hands touch, how close are they?

When two hands touch, there is a sensuality of the flesh, an exchange of warmth, a feeling of pressure, of presence, a proximity of otherness that brings the other nearly as close as oneself. Perhaps closer. And if the two hands belong to one person, might this not enliven an uncanny sense of the otherness of the self, a literal holding oneself at a distance in the sensation of contact, the greeting of the stranger within? So much happens in a touch: an infinity of others – other beings, other spaces, other times – are aroused.

When two hands touch, how close are they? What is the measure of closeness? Which disciplinary knowledge formations, political parties, religious and cultural traditions, infectious disease authorities, immigration officials, and policy makers do not have a stake in, if not a measured answer to, this question? When touch is at issue, nearly everyone’s hair stands...

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  • materialist turn
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