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Artists & Agents. Performance Art and Secret Services

26.10.2019 – 22.03.2020

HMKV – Hartware MedienKunstVerein im Dortmunder U
Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse
44137 Dortmund

Hito Steyerl. Exhibition

23.11.2019 – 26.01.2020

n.b.k.
Chausseestrasse 128/129
10115 Berlin
Deutschland

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Empty Diagonal
Empty Diagonal

Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Antoine d’Agata

Diagonale du vide

“If there is an artist capable of making these vacuums speak, it is d’Agata. To show what is not visible, to make present what can not be represented. There is a visual 'spectralism' about Antoine. It is about recording the spasms of humanity that is committing suicide, which has access to all the information needed to know what it is doing, and yet does nothing to revert the trend. We documented this suicide during a week of shared driving, of...
  • contemporary art
  • community
  • France
  • revolution
  • photography
Ecstasy of inauthenticity
Ecstasy of inauthenticity

Tom McCarthy

Toke My Asymptote – or, The Ecstatic Agony of Appearance

The question of authenticity and I go back some way; we’re old sparring partners – frenemies. It’s been a fraught relationship, shot through with paradox and misconstruing. My first novel, Remainder, does turn around its protagonist’s obsession with becoming ‘real’, inhabiting his era or his city, building, skin, movements and gestures in a ‘first-hand’ or ‘authentic’ way, an obsession which he carries to the point of murder. Yet the pleasure of seeing this book receiving glowing press reviews that praised...
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  • identity
  • contemporary literature
  • Jacques Lacan
  • psychoanalysis
Fiction

Stephen Barber

An immodest proposal

J.G. Ballard’s self-declared ‘Immodest Proposal’ for a global war-­alliance to exact the destruction of America demonstrates the provocatory zeal of his last fiction plans, as well as their enduring prescience. As Ballard emphasises several times in the World Versus America notebooks, he is utterly serious in his concerns and visions.
Although the Ballard ­estate declined permission for any images of pages from the World Versus America archival notebooks to accompany this essay, any member of the general public interested to do so can readily visit the British Library and view the notebooks in their entirety in the freely-­accessible manuscripts collection there.

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Practice in collective destruction
Practice in collective destruction

Kai van Eikels

Do in What's Doing, Democracy in!

We recklessly count on ethics coming from somewhere other than a practice only offered by party politics or activism, from which the majority population excludes itself. The panic invocation of Christian values shows the extent of the dilemma here: please come up with something, anything, that will make people behave responsibly, no mater how obviously illusory it is! But the drift into religious or ideological morality only veils a truth that any theatre performance could tell us: there is no...
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Discourse
About ‘how we treat the others’

Artur Żmijewski

About ‘how we treat the others’

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  • political aesthetics
  • contemporary art
  • propaganda
  • ethics
  • documenta
  • National Socialism
  • Poland
  • concentration camp
  • gift
  • migration
The sexual asylum story
The sexual asylum story

Mengia Tschalaer

Queer Spaces

Successful asylum claims generally require generating a racialist, colonialist discourse that impugns the nation-state from which the asylum seeker comes. While to impugn the asylum seeker’s place of origin may well be a necessity for the purpose of asylum, it is problematic if it serves to confirm the moral and political superiority of the West through the myth of the ideal victim. In order to avoid the cookie-cutter victimhood framework that refers to idealizations around “Us” and “Them,” Europe must...
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  • gender
  • identity
  • migration
  • performativity
  • queer theory

 

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