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Let’s find the stage of human affairs
Let’s find the stage of human affairs

Marion Muller-Colard, Clémence Pollet

Hannah Arendt's Little Theater

While about to finish her last book, the philosopher Hannah Arendt is disturbed by her stubborn alter ego, 9-year-old Little Hannah. Reluctantly, the old woman lets herself drag out onto the streets of New York and into constant conversation by the inquisitive little girl. They enter a little theatre, and together they watch mankind, society, politics, power evolve – and they also experience the role of Evil (in the person of a wolf and of numerous wooden puppets) and its...
  • Junge Leser
  • Das Böse
  • Handeln
  • Denken
  • Ethik
Artur Żmijewski

»… it’s rather that my perception of the world is unbearable for others…«

Film is a space of freedom – you can behave cynically, or even cruelly, and the viewers will think it’s ›just acting‹ anyway, so you have an alibi.
 Reality is a bit like we describe it. Our bodies are also like we describe them. Disease is pathophysiology’s narrative about the body. Old age is the narrative about the body told by the social security system. Bodies happen to be as society wants them. If it’s a nationalised body, for instance, one called up into the army, the narrative will be potentially tragic and lofty at the same time. […]

Compassion is a concept invented for the purpose of the onlookers – it’s their alibi. I look because I sympathise, not because I’m fascinated by physical deformity – such as the sight of a legless man. And yet it’s also a roadshow of forms, a theatre of strange visual combinations, of unexpected...

  • Künstler
  • Gespräch
  • Körper
  • Gegenwartskunst
  • Gewalt

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Deutsch

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Elisabeth Bronfen
Con Artist Don Draper, the archetypical American hero

Con Artist Don Draper, the archetypical American hero

  • USA
  • Fernsehen
  • Gesellschaft
  • Glück
  • Kulturelles Imaginäres
  • Serie
  • Lüge
  • Stanley Cavell
  • Amerika
  • 1960er Jahre
  • Werbung
Tom McCarthy

“Obsessed with buffering”

I’ve become obsessed with buffering—or the narrator in my new novel is obsessed with buffering. He’s an anthropologist who has grown up reading Lévi-Strauss but he’s also a corporate anthropologist who is working for the Man. He’s putting culture in the service of capital. Like we all do, he spends most of his life staring at a screen, and he frequently encounters bouts of buffering. And the first thought he has is that this is not ultimately a technological situation, it’s a theological situation. Behind that little circle spinning on your laptop there’s this belief that somewhere in Uzbekistan, Nevada or Finland there are many Über-servers with satellite dishes generating and sending out data. “Data” means gift and these servers are gifting all this data to you in this unconditional act of endless generosity and data angels are dancing on the pinhead of your Wi-Fi. And this places you inside...

  • Literatur
  • Fiktion
  • Moderne
  • Gespräch
  • Literaturwissenschaft
Essays on Photography by Siegfried Kracauer
Essays on Photography by Siegfried Kracauer

Siegfried Kracauer, Philippe Despoix (Hg.), ...

The Past's Threshold

There can be no doubt, however, that in Kracauer’s texts published at the turn of the 1920s and the 1930s from his position as an editor of the cultural pages at the daily newspaper Frankfurter ­Zeitung, then in the 1950s during his American period, he sketches out a theorisation of photography that can be described as groundbreaking. But it is also true that most of his works overlap, in more than one way, with this medium of reproduction or that...
  • Medientheorie
  • Fotografie
  • Film
  • Siegfried Kracauer
  • Geschichte der Fotografie
The world is all that is the case
The world is all that is the case

Françoise Armengaud, Annabelle Buxton

Wittgenstein’s Rhinoceros

The two young men meet up at the Cambridge railroad station. While waiting for the train, they browse the shelves of the station bookshop. All of a sudden, Wittgenstein grabs Pinsent’s arm: “Look at the title of this book!” “What a coincidence!” exclaims Pinsent, “It is perfect for you!” Both start to laugh. They purchase the novel of a famous English detective novelist entitled A Rhinoceros in the Library. Wittgenstein is very excited. “David, listen carefully,” he says to Pinsent. “I already have three things...
  • Logik
  • Wittgenstein
  • Junge Leser
  • Denken
“Obsessed with buffering”
“Obsessed with buffering”

Tom McCarthy

Recessional—Or, the Time of the Hammer

Towards the end of Thomas Pynchon’s mammoth 1973 novel Gravity’s Rainbow, the stumbling ingénue of a hero Tyrone Slothrop sets off on a commando raid. The territory he and his cohorts move through is a giant ­metropolis, a “factory-state” in which capital, technology and power, perfectly co-calibrated, send airships drifting through urban canyons, past chrome caryatids and roof-gardens on skyscrapers that themselves shoot up and down on ­elevator-cables: a conurbation ­Pynchon calls the “City of the Future” or “Raketen-Stadt.” The... ABO
  • Fiktion
  • Moderne
  • Literatur
  • Literaturwissenschaft
  • Gespräch
Mário Gomes

Über literarische Sprengkraft

Kaum etwas setzt schneller Rost an als Kriegsgerät und Literatur. Da nützt weder Pflege noch Wartung, am besten ist es, man lässt das Material einrosten und rüstet derweil am anderen Ende nach, erweitert Bestände, feilt an Technologien und poliert vor allem die Oberflächen auf Hochglanz, bzw. man nimmt den einfachen Weg und lässt eine Glanzschicht auftragen – einen feinen, seidenen Film –, denn so geht das heutzutage: man trägt auf. Dieser chemische Glanz der Panzer und Bücher kommt von der Sprühdose. Er hält allerdings nicht lange, sondern schwindet, sobald das Auge sich abwendet, und das Auge wendet sich schnell ab. Wo der Blick dann aber als nächstes hin eilt, glitzert und funkelt es wieder: bei jeder Militärparade wie bei jeder Buchmesse.

Dieser Glanz ist jedoch bei weitem nicht das einzige, was Krieg und Literatur verbindet. Ihre Verknüpfungen sind vielfältig und verworren. Wo Gewalt aufhört und das Schriftzeichen anfängt, ist selten klar,...

Philipp Felsch

Wissen, ca. 1980

Offen gestanden versuche ich, das Wort ›Praktiken‹ inzwischen möglichst selten zu verwenden. Denn bei den letzten Malen zerfiel es mir manchmal wie ein modriger Pilz im Mund. Wenn ich es von anderen höre, reagiere ich skeptisch: Kaum ein anderer Begriff kommt innerhalb der Wissenschaftsgeschichte und den angrenzenden Kulturwissenschaften nämlich mit einer so massiven Selbstevidenz daher. Meistens nicht allein, sondern von einem Attribut begleitet. Dann ist von ›diskursiven‹, ›epistemischen‹ oder ›kognitiven‹ Praktiken die Rede. Stets geht es darum, etwas, das mit Wissen, mit Denken oder Begriffen zu tun hat, in Wirklichkeit als Praxis zu erweisen. Soweit ich sehe, ist das seit den achtziger Jahren der Fall. Doch anders als damals werden die Voraussetzungen, die Ansprüche und Implikationen dieser Umdeklarierung heute kaum noch diskutiert. Eine diffuse Bedeutung, die immer mittransportiert wird, lautet: »Hier wird keine Ideen­geschichte getrieben.« – »Und das ist auch gut so!«, könnte der oder die Betreffende sogleich hinzufügen, denn einer...

  • Ökologie
  • 1980er Jahre
  • Medien
  • Wissen
  • Technik
Lawless: Clouds Reprise
Lawless: Clouds Reprise

Ute Holl

The Moses Complex

The Moses complex derives its actuality from recalling the emergence of cultures as fields of mutually engendering relationships. From the perspective of media studies, which is a science of differential relationships between materialities and immaterialities, noises and messages, channels and signals, apparatuses and perceptions, the relationship to God or gods turns out to be one between people and their systems of thought. So media studies argues against fundamentalism, whether ontological, anthropological, or technicistic. The figure of Moses is a decisive node...
  • Jean-Marie Straub
  • Gemeinschaft
  • Exil
  • Arnold Schönberg
  • Danièle Huillet
Kati Kroß

»… Consistently Abused and Forced…«

When non-disabled artists such as Jérôme Bel or Christoph Schlingensief in their productions work with actors who, in hegemonic discourse, are referred to as disabled, they almost invariably face criticism over the exploitation and voyeuristic exhibition of these people. Bel’s Disabled Theater anticipated such reservations and took a good deal of wind out of its critics’ sails by having the performers themselves raise these issues on stage and report on their families’ reactions to the piece. Nevertheless, the question whether Jérôme Bel was showing up his actors was an inevitable topic in newspapers and on critics’ panels—even though, in view of the overall press reviews and the relatively small number of hatchet jobs, it seemed as if some critics only used these objections as alibis for legitimizing their respective point of view, their voyeuristic curiosity, or the work of the successful artist Jérôme Bel. The majority of reactions acquitted Bel...

  • Identität
  • Jérôme Bel
  • Darstellende Kunst
  • Disability Studies
  • Ästhetik
Dieter Mersch

For an aesthetic mode of thought beyond the “linguistic turn”

To begin our journey, we must first examine the question of art as beauty and of aesthetics as a branch of philosophy—not simply as a theory of perception, but first and foremost as a science of the ‘beautiful’ and the ‘sublime’. In the early modern period, whenever the arts are mentioned, they are almost always referred to as the ‘fine’ or beautiful arts. As is well-known, aesthetics has two beginnings; in the eighteenth century and in the nineteenth century. Alexander Baumgarten first defined aesthetics as a scientia sensitiva or science of perception. In German Idealism, Georg ­Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, and Friedrich Hölderlin revisited aesthetics, ­defining it as a theory of art. The relationship between the two is not immediately clear. The former was grounded mostly in aisthēsis, a form of cognition classified as belonging to the physical abilities of sensations, and was situated in the lower...

  • Epistemologie
  • Künstlerische Forschung
  • Diskursanalyse
  • Ästhetik
  • Denkt Kunst