The series Performing Books explores possible models to present, introduce and/or talk about books. The evenings attempt circumventing the recount or mere doubling of the respective book’s content and intentions. The book here is used as an object or starting point from which to traverse individual experiences to engage in a discussion with the audience.
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Lecture performance on the Religious Struggle with Images – Somewhere Between the Iconoclastic and the Iconophilic.
A new series by THE OFFICE (Katharina Fichtner) accompanying our celebrated publications
For this lecture performance and the magazine the artist Gert Jan Kocken, who currently holds a residency at the Rijksakademie, will uncover the processes of research that precede his actual artistic work of large scale photography. Based on a collection of thousands of images sourced from the internet, Gert Jan illustrates religion’s problematic relationship with images. Meandering through time, somewhere between iconoclasm and iconophilism, he will present his manifold findings, and demonstrate how images have been deployed to tell the story of the world, from its creation to the present day.
With the magazine THE WORLD ACCORDING TO The Office wants to provide an open space in which an artist can discover different ways of examining the world that surrounds him/her. Using sources other than his/her own work, s/he is invited to develop new content and unexpected formats by collecting images, texts, graphics, and/or by inviting artists, friends, family members to contribute.
The World According to Gert Jan Kocken, ed. by THE OFFICE, published by argobooks, 64 pages, 15 Euro
Kindly supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
A dialogue between Sonia Arribas and Howard Rouse. Organized in Cooperation with Subjektile (Felix Ensslin, Marcus Coelen); Published by Diaphanes.
Gesturing towards the insuperability of Marx, Lacan famously defined his objet a as homologous to the object of labour in capitalism. But what capitalism carries out on this object – through the implacable force of the fetish, of course – is the dilution of a permanent disavowal. A limitless love, by contrast, requires nothing less, Lacan tells us, than the renunciation of its object. From which one can deduce a certain discrepancy between capitalism and love. A discrepancy that opens up room for a discussion, not only of Marxism and psychoanalysis, but also of the conditions of art, literature and life. A discussion to which all are invited to contribute.
Howard Rouse/ Sonia Arribas
Egocracy. Marx, Freud and Lacan
Zürich: diaphanes, 2011
Subjektile Series editors: Felix Ensslin and Marcus Coelen
A talk with Ute Vorkoeper and Andrea Knobloch.
In German only
At the moment there seems to be no theme more crucial to art production than the move towards the city and the society. Art institiutions are searching for new ways of involving the city-space and its inhabitants. At the same time, more and more cities are reevaluating their public art programs, which where developed in the1970s, in hopes of updating them.
The Akademie einer anderen Stadt was the IBA Hamburg’s art platform between 2009-2011, which initiated, over a period of three years, a series of mediation projects, artistic processes and discussions within the urban metro area, attempting to involve a more diverse urban group. The German-English publication “Kunst einer anderen Stadt / Art of Another City“, edited by Ute Vorkoeper and Andrea Knobloch, includes descriptions of different artistic approaches and various projects of the past years, as well as a collection of essays reflecting on philosophy, aesthetics, city development and pedagogy.
A special feature of the book is its index, in which concepts central to the subjects presented in the book are articulated and made easy to follow. Here the reader can see clearly that changes in thinking and action always either establish a new order or change existing concepts within the art world,
The discussion will vary from different perspectives onto the book’s central index concepts, such as: Answer, Autonomy, Freedom, Complexity, Plurality and Participation.
Den Index verschieben. Begriffsdiskussionen aus Anlass der Publikation “Kunst einer anderen Stadt”
Gespräch zwischen Ute Vorkoeper und Andrea Knobloch
Momentan scheint kaum ein Thema wichtiger in der Kunst als ihre Öffnung auf die Stadt und die Gesellschaft. Kunstinstitutionen suchen nach neuen Formen, um den Stadtraum und seine Bewohner/innen einzubeziehen. Parallel diskutieren immer mehr Städte ihre in der Folge der 1970er Jahre entwickelten Kunst-im-öffentlichen-Raum-Programme und suchen nach zeitgemäßen Erweiterungen.
Die Akademie einer anderen Stadt konnte, als Kunstplattform der IBA Hamburg, in einer städtischen Metrozone dazu über drei Jahre Pionierarbeit leisten und Kunst- und Vermittlungsprojekte, künstlerische Prozesse und Diskussionen initiieren, die sich auf vielfältige Weise auf und in die globale Stadtgesellschaft einlassen. In der Publikation „Kunst einer anderen Stadt“, die UteVorkoeper und Andrea Knobloch nun retrospektiv vorgelegt haben, werden nicht nur die verschiedenen künstlerischen Zugangsweisen beschrieben und die Projekte der letzten Jahre in zahlreichen Abbildungen nacherlebbar, sondern über sechs Essays im Kontext von Philosophie, Ästhetik, Stadtentwicklung und Pädagogik differenziert reflektiert.
Eine Besonderheit des Buchs ist dabei sein vorangestellter Index, in dem zentrale Begriffe über die verschiedenen Texte und Bilder hinweg im Buch kenntlich gemacht sind und verfolgt werden können. Hier zeigt sich deutlich, dass Denk- und Handlungswechsel, wie sie derzeit in der Kunst anstehen, immer auch die Begriffe oder zumindest die Definitionen von bestehenden Begriffen verändern.
Das Gespräch wird zentrale Begriffe aus diesem Index – wie Antwort, Autonomie, Freiheit, Komplexität, Pluralität, Teilnahme – aufgreifen und in ihren Bedeutungsaspekten aus verschiedenen Perspektiven diskutieren.
A Living Room Suite Presentation with the Master of Fine Arts graduates of the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, 2011, and Bernd Krauß
Please join us for a variety of tabletop presentations spread through the establishment with the Piet Zwart graduates at Salon Populaire – the place they went through the intense conception of our collaborative book project Anthem for the People’s Tomorrow.
Guided through the evening by the terrific Timmy van Zoelen and Lee Welch in snakeskin-leather jackets, the audience will experience a performance in stereo, a storyboard of an imaginary film, tin foil faces occupied chairs, fortune telling at the bar, one Non-native German, and DJ Uncle Very Thin.
With: Giles Bailey, Martijn in’t Veld, Rachel Koolen, Serena Lee, Arvo Leo, Anna Okrasko, Susana Pedrosa, Linda Quinlan, Lee Welch, Camilla Wills, Timmy van Zoelen.
Anthem for the People’s Tomorrow
Author: Master of Fine Art graduates of the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, 2011, Ellen Blumenstein
Publisher: Spector Books Leipzig
An evening on the practice of writing in contemporary art
Hinrich Sachs, Ruth Buchanan, Hans-Christian Dany, Wolfgang Fütterer, and Inga Zimprich read, project and have a conversation. Afterwards, Hans-Christian Dany plays abstract Hip Hop, Afro, and Offbeat.
Anlass ist das im letzten Herbst erschienene Sehr verfahren, ein Taschenbuch mit pulp-touch, das fünf Kurzgeschichten vereint. Erzählungen, die vom Unterwegssein, von Wochenendausflügen, Wallfahrt, Richtungslosigkeit und Zeitreisen handeln. Visuelle Information hatte die Ausgangspunkte für diese Geschichten geliefert, die Hinrich Sachs u.a. bei Birgit Kempker, Hans-Christian Dany, Ruth Buchanan, und dem Amerikaner Mark v. Schlegell für dieses Künstlerbuch in Auftrag gegeben hat. Ein eigentümlicher Prozess von Kreation und Reaktion steuert es.
Ruth Buchanan ist eine neuseeländische Künstlerin und lebt in Berlin. Ihre Einzel-ausstellung Eigenwillige Zeichensetzung war gerade im Grazer Kunstverein zu sehen.
Sie initiiert und trägt zu Printmedienformaten bei, im vergangenen Jahr hat sie das Künstlerbuch Lying Freely veröffentlicht.
Hans-Christian Dany ist Mitherausgeber des Buches dagegen dabei und der Zeitschrift Starship. Autor des Buches Speed. Eine Gesellschaft auf Droge. Advising Researcher an der Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. Lebt in Hamburg und schreibt an einem Roman.
Wolfgang Fütterer ist vor kurzem nach Berlin gezogen und dokumentiert auch hier Inszenierungen des Persönlichen, die berühren, ohne privat zu sein. Zur Zeit bereitet er die nächste Ausgabe seiner Zeitschrift Shame vor.
Hinrich Sachs entwirft, modelliert, realisiert und schreibt. Seine Arbeiten spiegeln die globalen wie regionalen Bedingungen der Produktion von Sinn. Gezeigt wurden sie u.a. im Museum Ludwig, Köln. Lebt in Basel und Stockholm und veröffentlichte kürzlich das Buch Ferien vom Ich.
Inga Zimprich ist Künstlerin und Mitbegründerin der Faculty of Invisibility. Sie lebt in Berlin. Die Arbeiten der Faculty of Invisibility befassen sich mit den Modalitäten des Erscheinens in der Kunstinstitution, meist in Form von Briefen, Postern und Versammlungen.
Conversations with Eric Santner
An evening organized by Felix Ensslin / subjektile; a series published by diaphanes
Eric L. Santner (professor in Modern Germanic Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago) in conversation with Luisa Banki (translator of “On the Psychotheology of Everday Life” and of the Subjektile publication “Why Psychoanalysis?” by A. Zupančič), Frank Ruda (author and co-editor of the Subjektile publication “Beyond Potentialities? Politics Between the Possible and the Impossible”) and Felix Ensslin (co-editor of the series Subjektile at Diaphanes publishing, Berlin and Zurich).
In “On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life”, Eric Santner puts Sigmund Freud in dialogue with his contemporary Franz Rosenzweig in the service of reimagining ethical and political life. By exploring the theological dimensions of Freud’s writings and revealing unexpected psychoanalytic implications in the religious philosophy of Rosenzweig’s masterwork, “The Star of Redemption”, Santner makes an original argument for understanding religions of revelation in therapeutic terms, and offers a penetrating look at how this understanding suggests fruitful ways of reconceiving political community.
Santner’s crucial innovation in this new study is to bring the theological notion of revelation into a broadly psychoanalytic field, where it can be understood as a force that opens the self to everyday life and encourages accountability within the larger world. Revelation itself becomes redefined as an openness toward what is singular, enigmatic, even uncanny about the Other, whether neighbor or stranger, thereby linking a theory of drives and desire to a critical account of sociality. Santner illuminates what it means to be genuinely open to another human being or culture and to share and take responsibility for one’s implication in the dilemmas of difference.
By bringing Freud and Rosenzweig together, Santner not only clarifies in new and surprising ways the profound connections between psychoanalysis and the Judeo-Christian tradition, he makes the resources of both available to contemporary efforts to rethink concepts of community and cross-cultural communication.
(Announcement Chicago University Press)
Perform a Lecture! magazine. Publication reflecting on the eponymous series by THE OFFICE. Also: Eleonore de Montesquiou: Na Grane; Filipa César: Montrage; Paul Vanouse: Fingerprints; Pablo Pijnapple: A Vision in Time.
Focussing on books by contemporary artists and readers on socio-cultural phenomena, argobooks is presenting recent publications:
PERFORM A LECTURE! magazine edited by Ellen Blumenstein and Fiona Geuß, publication reflecting on the series by THE OFFICE; design by jungundwenig
ELEONORE DE MONTESQUIOU: NA GRANE including interviews and conversations with inhabitants of Ivanogrod and Narva at both sides of the EU border; design by Aadam Kaarma
FILIPA CÉSAR: MONTRAGE, an exhibition in book format on remembrance, politics and language, edited by Doreen Mende, texts by Galit Eilat, Colin MacCabe, Eglantina Monteiro, Helena Vilalta, and a conversation between Filipa César and Doreen Mende; design by Manuel Raeder
OLAF NICOLAI: WHY WOMEN LIKE TO BUY TEXTILES THAT FEEL NICE, the english edition of THE OFFICE publication offering a reference system on the development of consumer desires and sociological opinion research, design by Helmut Völter
PAUL VANOUSE: FINGERPRINTS on codes and images of contemporary molecular biology, edited by Jens Hauser, with texts by Simon A. Cole, Jens Hauser, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger and Paul Vanouse; design by Delia Keller
PABLO PIJNAPPLE: A VISION IN TIME, gives an insight on the artist’s ideas on film and photography, with texts by Xander Karskens, the artist and a conversation with Marc Glöde
OTHER POSSIBLE WORLDS – PROPOSALS ON THIS SIDE OF UTOPIA dealing with cultural differences, economic and ecological changes, processes of leveling and confusing complexities form the basis for a common space, contributions by Dorothee Albrecht, Maria Thereza Alves, Cedric Bromfort, Berit Fischer, Chto delat?, Oda Projesi, Public School, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Xu Tan, Moira Zoitl a.o.
RENATA LUCAS, featuring the political-spatial work at Kunstwerke by the winner of Schering prize 2010, with texts by Jens Hoffmann, Charlotte Klonk and an interview with the artist by Susanne Pfeffer; design by Manuel Raeder
A book presentation and conversation with Joshua Simon and Ingo Niermann in collaboration with Sternberg Press.
Solution 196–213: United States of Palestine-Israel (edited by Joshua Simon) is an anthology of texts proposing a doable solution for the region. With contributors based in Ramallah and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Vienna and Ramallah, Beirut and Jerusalem, New-York and Bethlehem, Nazareth and Warsaw, the book offers eighteen solutions and how to carry them out.
“Solution” is a tricky term especially in relation to the ongoing media language of the last two decades in Palestine-Israel. The idea is therefore to rethink the different antagonisms that structure our ways of resistance and compliance: to rethink Semitism and 1948, rethink identity and territory, rethink resistance and memory, rethink democracy and state, rethink Zionism and decolonization, rethink refugee and property, rethink religion and solution. With contributions by Tal Adler/Osama Zatar, Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka, Maayan Amir/Ruti Sela, Ariella Azoulay, Yael Bartana/Sebastian Cichocki, Raji Bathish, Itzhak Benyamini, Sari Hanafi, Sandi Hilal/Alessandro Petti/ Eyal Weizman, Yazan Khalili, Ohad Meromi/Joshua Simon, Norma Musih, Ingo Niermann and Noam Yuran.
Solution Series edited by Ingo Niermann. Design by Z.A.K.
The conversation will be accompanied by the screening of short films and clips of Azmi Bishara, Yossi Atia and Itamar Rose, Jean-Luc Godard and Idi Amin Dada.
Book launch and a conversation between Barbara Breitenfellner, Inke Arns and Ute Vorkoeper (in German).Barbara Breitenfellner’s artistic practice bears witness to the fact that we live in a culture of ubiquitous imagery. The artist’s uncanny installations and collages derive from the observation that “(singular) images give rise to reality – a reality full of holes, corners and recesses” (Jens Emil Sennewald). Over the past few years Breitenfellner has been collecting a series of dreams on art, making art, being an artist and exhibiting, which she put down in writing. For her first solo exhibition in a public gallery in Germany, entitled “Dream of an Exhibition” (www.hmkv.de, until June 5, 2011), she selected two dreams, which were implemented as large-scale installations. In the first of the two dreams, ‘1 museum floor covered with 1 zigzag carpet (and) a fat sports car’ are said to play an important role, while the second dream is recorded as follows: ‘For days on end, Beuys made a performance in 1 space. Someone else (?) climbed on 1 lying gorilla with 1 fur on a platform – a rack that was moving upwards. In the end Beuys jumped from the rack like a winner in a circus.’ But what happens when dream memories and protocols become a reality in three-dimensional space? Where is a translation possible, where will it necessarily fail? The discussion will deal with the borders and limits of communication. A slideshow of the exhibition at HMKV and a screening of Kathrin Resetarits’s short film Ägypten (1996, 10 min.) will frame the conversation.
Screening, book launch, and a conversation between Ellen Blumenstein, Antonia Hirsch, and Maria Muhle
Antonia Hirsch’s project Komma (after Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun”) consists of a 16 mm film installation and a book by the same title. Hirsch’s book, with accompanying essays by Maria Muhle and Kristina Lee Podesva, is based on Hollywood scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo’s seminal anti-war novel “Johnny Got His Gun”. As a modified facsimile of the original publication’s first edition, the project re-imagines Trumbo’s novel through its syntactical idiosyncrasy, the omission of all commas. The word “comma” is derived from the Greek komma, meaning “something cut off,” reflecting eerily on the plight of the fictional Johnny: a young American soldier who has been brutally mutilated in combat. Ellen Blumenstein, Maria Muhle, and the artist will attend to questions of voice and embodiment. Contrasting these with notions of caesura in the broadest sense, the discussion will address issues of silencing, censorship, and instrumentalization that are refracted through the original novel’s historical context and through Trumbo’s personal history as one of the “Hollywood Ten” during the McCarthy era. The evening will commence with a screening of Komma (after Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun”) (2010, 16mm, b/w, 15min).
Buchvorstellung / Book launchEdited by Caroline Käding and Thomas Thiel
Designed by Studio Luc Derycke, Gent
Gabriel Kuri, Luc Derycke, Caroline Käding and Thomas Thiel will introduce a brand new publication presenting works by Gabriel Kuri. Join the Dots and Make a Point is published by Sternberg Press on the occasion of Gabriel Kuri’s first institutional exhibition in Germany, which was organized by Bielefelder Kunstverein and Kunstverein Freiburg in 2010. For these exhibitions, Kuri developed new groups of artworks, providing an insight into various aspects of his artistic practice. Accordingly, the publication files sculptures and installations made out of found materials and industrially manufactured products such as marble slabs, sand, paper, cigarette butts and body care products. Not only does the monograph document the exhibition project, it also focuses on Kuri’s marble works since 2006.
Kuri’s objects are set out in the exhibition in a precise and deliberate manner that maintains a surprising casualness. Despite their humor and ease, his artwork also includes a discerning view of political, economic and social conditions. In the sense of an extended notion of sculpture, he shifts the boundaries of art and everyday life: The daily routine and the viewer become part of the aesthetic form.
Gabriel Kuri lives and works in Mexico City and Brussels. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (ENAP) in Mexico City and at Goldsmith College London. He has contributed to numerous international group exhibitions such as the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008), the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007) and New Museum, New York (2007). In Germany, his artwork was recently shown at the Museum Morsborich Leverkusen, the Ludwig Forum Aachen and the Westfälischer Kunstverein Münster. In addition to the Bielefelder Kunstverein and the Kunstverein Freiburg (11.06.-08.08.2010), the Museion, Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art Bozen (05.06.-15.08.2010) and the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston (28.08.-13.11.2010) have mounted solo exhibitions of Kuris’ work last year.
A book presentation and conversation with Jan Verwoert in collaboration with Sternberg Press and Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy.
The presentation will focus on central themes that Verwoert has been developing in pursuit of a language to describe art’s transformative potential in conceptual, performative, and emotional terms. Edited by Vanessa Ohlraun from Piet Zwart Institute and designed by Nienke Terpsma, many of the selected essays published in “Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want” explore the emotional power games that shape social relations. In his writings, Verwoert looks for an alternative ethos of action and feeling, asking: How can a modernist approach to artistic form as a means of social critique be expanded to fully avow its subliminal affective undercurrents, and produce a pleasurably crooked form of criticality in art and writing?
Cordula Daus will present her research and the soon to be published booklet “The Trujillo-Syndrome” (Maas-Media Verlag).Names are powerful tools. They don’t need any reason or sense. With the act of naming a space, a possession or even love is claimed. Names contain the magic side of language itself – the hidden seduction to create a reality by naming. The Trujillo-Syndrome tells the intricate story of a tiny Spanish city whose name exists 21 times in the world. During the 16th century Trujillo was the birthplace of up to 600 conquerors and adventurers who left to the New World. Until today the Spanish Trujillo claims to be the “cradle of Latin America”. What kind of memory is contained in a name? What happens if a name implodes and turns out to be a nightmare?
Cordula Daus lives and works as a ENGLISCH! in Berlin. In 2009 she founded the New Society for Applied Toponymy (NGT). http://toponymie.wordpress.com/
A Conversation with Spector Books (in German).Jan Wenzel, editor of Spector Books from Leipzig, speaks about his notion of book making: ” When we want to make books that come closer in a more lively, fluent, intense and informative way to the recipient, we have to strike out from the very beginning in a different way: the book has to become a stage.” A lecture on improvisation, the act of contradictions, about the intensity of exchange and fluent division of labor.