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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... ABO
  • autofiction
  • film d'auteur
  • identity
  • subjectivity
Current Texts

Saša Asentić, Ana Vujanović


After the self-abolition of this performance as an art work in the 3rd phase, we comprehend the work as an artistic means, a methodological tool which we wish to share with contemporary dance and performance artists, who are willing to reflect their contexts and public work and with all who have something to say about the structure of the global World of contemporary dance and performance.

We would like to invite you to join us in this research and to develop your own “private bio-politics” – thinking about which other stories could be told about symbolical ownership over history and concepts, about the monopolizing of the global dance and performance scene, and about the patronization of “the backward” and “the always late (comers)”.

We would usually propose to start with a discussion or an after talk moderated by a (local / present) theorist, artist or in this case by you on the spot....

  • contemporary art
  • performance
  • body
  • performance art
  • Eastern Europe
News + Events

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

16.08.2017 – 03.09.2017

ETH Zürich Graphische Sammlung
Rämistrasse 101
8092 Zürich

Yves Netzhammer: Book Presentation and Artist’s Talk

22.08.2017, 18:30

ETH Zürich Graphische Sammlung
Rämistrasse 101
8092 Zürich

New releases
Kerstin Stakemeier (ed.), Susanne Witzgall (ed.): The Present of the Future
Inke Arns (ed.), Sylvia Sasse (ed.), ...: Nikolaj Evreinov: »The Storming of the Winter Palace«


Current Texts

Peter Hallward, Jacques Rancière

»I don’t think the place of power is empty«

J.R.: Democracy is first and foremost neither a form of power nor a form of the emptiness of power, that is, a form of symbolising political power. For me, democracy isn’t a form of power but the very existence of the political (in so far as politics is distinct from knowing who has the right to occupy power or how power should be occupied), precisely because it defines a paradoxical power – one that doesn’t allow anyone legitimately to claim a place on the basis of his or her competences. Democracy is, first of all, a practice, which means that the very same institutions of power may or may not be accompanied by a democratic life. The same forms of parliamentary powers, the same institutional frameworks can either give rise to a democratic life, that is, a subjectivation of the gap between two ways of counting or accounting for the...

  • acting
  • democracy
  • community
  • conversation
  • activism
Current Texts

Bette Talvacchia

»Covered by an outer skin of another's devising«

Derek Jarman’s version of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II presents an extradialogic commentary on how the image of Queen Isabella can be literally made-up by means of a procession of outfits that follow their own rhythm of elaboration as the film—and the plot—progresses. The lavish clothes do not add up to a stable indicator of the queen’s intrinsic and unalterable identity; nothing like the costumes in classic cinema that express character and personality. They remain, instead, a group of images rife with conflicting bits of visual information, which even the most hardworking spectator will have trouble forcing together. This is because the attire of the queen does not so much serve to characterize Isabella as to comment on the role that she assumes.

The costumes/images belong to a system of representation different from that of Marlowe’s sixteenth-century dialogue; they are patterned on the template for “how to be female” in Hollywood films....

  • identity
  • fashion
  • film
  • gender


« Ce libre droit du temps à disposer de lui-même doit être reconnu au même titre que celui des peuples. »
« Ce libre droit du temps à disposer de lui-même doit être reconnu au même titre que celui des peuples. »

Alexander Kluge, Gerhard Richter

Futur antérieure

Ce que révèle mon histoire, l’histoire d’un être humain et vivant, n’est pas le PASSÉ RÉVOLU (ce qui fut, parce que ce n’est plus), ce n’est pas non plus le passé composé de ce qui a été et perdure dans ce que je suis mais l’AUTRE de ce que j’ai été pour ce que je suis en passe de devenir. – Si je vous comprends bien, c’est du deuil de « ce que je suis en train de devenir » qu’il s’agit. Je... ABO
  • literature
  • diary
  • photography
Current Texts

Tim Ingold

A rock is a rock is a rock.

As an anthropologist and an academic, I am incapable of doing anything with my hands except write and play my cello. Having carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Lapland, however, I used to be able to manage a herd of reindeer – though maybe not any more. Because of the nature of this fieldwork, I became steeped in the traditions of ecological anthropology – that is, in the study of the relationships between human beings and their environments, including everything that makes life possible. But I was also interested in the study of what is nowadays called material culture. At one time, ecological anthropology and the study of material culture were so closely joined as to be virtually indistinguishable. But not any more. Indeed it seems that in recent years, students of ecological anthropology and students of material culture have been talking increasingly past one another. This is very odd, given...

  • Gilbert Simondon
  • anthropology
  • thing/thingness
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • material aesthetics
Current Texts

Gail L. Geiger

Alternative approaches to a famous fresco painting

The Presentation is one of the most stunning paintings to have emerged from the restorations of the San Marco fresco cycle.

Fra Angelico created a traditional Presentation with respect to its depiction of Mary and Joseph presenting Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem at the time of Mary’s postpartum purification in accordance with Mosaic law. They stand on a platform before a simple, flaming altar set off by a shell niche, which although damaged, retains the classical simplicity that Michelozzo’s architecture for the convent inspired in Fra Angelico’s paintings. Mary has given the swaddled child to Simeon, the elderly Jew identified as the high priest who blessed Jesus as the new Messiah.

To complete the scene, however, Fra Angelico included two additional figures on a ledge below the biblical event just within the border of the foreground plane. To the left, the Dominican Saint Peter Martyr kneels at an angle facing into...

  • iconography
  • Fra Angelico
  • fresco painting
  • Florence
  • gender