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On the distribution of bodies in space
On the distribution of bodies in space

Stefan Hölscher (ed.), Gerald Siegmund (ed.)

Dance, Politics & Co-Immunity

The past years have seen a re-emergence of the need to think about and conceptualise the arts in general and dance in particular in terms of the political. Developments in globalised neo-liberal capitalism and the changes it has produced in the social fabric seem to beg for a statement of some kind from the artistic field. What is more, these changes increasingly affect the production and reception of dance itself, thereby laying bare the ideological underpinnings of its claim for...
  • performativity
  • community
  • globalization
  • body
  • politics
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 black persons that I met were gardeners or maids. I felt – I am sure I am not lying – even at that very young age, not a sense of injustice, but a sort of guilt.

Guilt for what? My parents were nice people, they treated everyone well. My father was avidly learning languages, he spoke many African languages and also Pidgin English very well and he used to speak it...

  • film d'auteur
  • subjectivity
  • autofiction
  • identity
Elisabeth Bronfen
Con Artist Don Draper, the archetypical American hero

Con Artist Don Draper, the archetypical American hero

  • society
  • advertising
  • cultural imaginary
  • America
  • lie
  • happiness
  • 1960s
  • television
  • USA
  • Stanley Cavell
  • serial
Maria Zinfert
“With a woman like that you can even live in ­Berlin”

“With a woman like that you can even live in ­Berlin”

  • collection
  • Paris
  • History of photography
  • biography
  • archive
  • photographic images
  • photography
  • portrait
  • 1930s
  • 1950s
  • Siegfried Kracauer
  • exile
  • 20th century

 

Topics
Gabriele Brandstetter
Relational Bodies in Contemporary Performance

Relational Bodies in Contemporary Performance

  • public sphere
  • swarm model
  • performance
  • performativity
  • theatre studies
  • networks
  • dancing
  • flash mob
  • choreography
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...

  • democracy
  • activism
  • acting
  • community
  • conversation

 

Epistemologies, Aesthetics, Politics
Epistemologies, Aesthetics, Politics

Marie-Luise Angerer (ed.), Bernd Bösel (ed.), ...

Timing of Affect

For many years now, the time of affect has been a major issue in the humanities, sciences, art and media. Affect stands here for feelings, emotions, processes of affection, for movements of the bodies, for a missing time – with one word: for a broad range of ideas and discursive contexts and histories. Timing of Affect assembles contributions from different disciplines – from philosophy to film, music, sound, media and art, through to technology, computation and neurology – to explore...
  • media theory
  • aesthetics
  • epistemology
  • body
  • affects
Mark B. N. Hansen

Affectivity as Environmental Force

In contemporary developments in biomedia and digital computing, technicity opens the domain of the superempirical to experimentation and in this respect can be seen to contribute directly to the genesis of affectivity well beyond the affect-body-emotion complex. In the age of biotechnical convergence, the key issue is not “what bodies can be made to do,” as Clough puts it, but rather what matter is. Here we come upon the true significance of Clough’s insistence on the technicity of affect and its centrality for extending affect to the “dynamism of matter generally”: far from being a merely instrumental mediation that operates to produce affect or to give access to affect produced in something else, technicity operates within material fluxes themselves. It is an internal element in material processes that are themselves affective. What is needed then, to expand affectivity beyond bodily matter and bodily agency, is an account of technicity that...

  • emotions
  • affects
  • epistemology
  • gender
  • Alfred North Whitehead
Thomas Hirschhorn

»I lead a battle«

During my »Très grand Buffet« show in Fribourg, someone noticed that the works from the »Virus«, »Merci, Danke, Thank You« and »Les larmes« series were done in ball-point pens. And this person asked if I drew with »Bic« ball-point pens and said that the company »Bic« is a financing supporter of Le Pen. An information in an official journal on the financing of political parties announced this fact. It’s shit to support Le Pen. But it’s also shit to have to think about these questions.

  • polemic