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5. October 2016

Melanie Ohnemus über Friedrich Lissmann bei Nousmoules, Wien

Mit "Lissmann in Wien" hat der 1979 geborene Künstler Friedrich Lissmann eine offenbar in verschiedener Hinsicht unzeitgemäße Ausstellung der (eigenen) Künstlerpersönlichkeit realisiert. Die Wiener Kuratorin Melanie Ohnemus blickt auf das Verhältnis von Selbstdarstellung und Ausdeutung, sowie die affektiven Werte, die sich bei aller ironischen Brechung dennoch bieten.

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September 2016

Current Issue

Issue No. 103
September 2016

TZK #103 addresses "poetry," a language form central to the recent shift toward affect in contemporary critical writing. Seeing the “artist-poet” as a vital site for the intersection of politics, affect, and digitality, we consider her voice and her currency from various perspectives, pro and con, across generations, analyzing her rising success, also asking what is gained and lost in this move from "rational" thought to what one feels? Scanning populist poetry, anarchist poetry, post-millennial net-poetry, the poetry of surplus-language and social media, the art historical poetic/poet-turned-object, and shades of fading Poesie, this issue, conceived by the editors with John Kelsey and Isabelle Graw explores how the seeming immediacy of #poetry and the suggestion of a hyper-personal voice correlates with current economic demand to claim visibility.

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27. September 2016

Ein Fels in dem Branding Guillaume Paoli über die Volksbühnendebatte

Die letzte Spielzeit der Volksbühne unter der Leitung von Frank Castorf hat soeben begonnen. In der auf blogs, in öffentlichen Diskussionen und im Feuilleton geführten Debatte um die neue Leitung des Theaters und die local mentality der gegen diese Leitung protestierenden Berliner Kulturschaffenden, meldet sich hier noch einmal Guillaume Paoli polemisch zu Wort.

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Artists' Editions

Amy Sillman, „pink pink pink black 2“, 2016

19. September 2016


What does language look like now - both as it appears onscreen and as contextualized by the tools that facilitate it? In preparing TZK's current issue (#103), we asked a range of writers, artists, poets, editors, and other protagonists that come to mind when thinking of the art-poet spectrum to each offer an image of what they'd currently take to be "poetry," showing it as it appears on their device of choice. Here is what we received.

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18. September 2016

Short Cuts: Berlin Biennale 9 David Joselit and Hanna Magauer on the 9th Berlin Biennale

If there is a subtext to TZK's poetry issue, it is one linking the increasing presence of a personal tone in critical discourse to the language of contemporary capitalism (the use of English, the familiar “you” of neoliberalism, etc.). This intimate voice is not, however, necessarily an apolitical one. Here, art historians David Joselit and Hanna Magauer take stock of the DIS-curated Berlin Biennale 9.

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30. August 2016

Bad Is Good Isabelle Graw on Marcel Broodthaers’s “Amuser ou Le plus beau tableau du monde”

The Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers’s grand retrospective at New York’s MoMA earlier this year introduced wide audiences to his oeuvre. But artists and critics (count me among them) have long been fond of his work, not least the witty and poetic installations he made in the 1960s and 1970s, which deftly blurred the distinctions between text, object, picture, and film. Broodthaers was also uniquely aware of the specific way in which art conformed to the commodity form, making his output seem especially relevant in a contemporary context.

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15. August 2016

Hannes Loichinger über Richard Phillips bei Mathew, Berlin

Ambivalenz kennzeichnet große Teile der bisherigen Produktion und Rezeption des Malers Richard Phillips. Seine zumeist modischen, pornografischen, politischen oder künstlerischen Zusammenhängen entlehnte Bilder spielen in etwa gleichen Teilen auf den Registern zweckgebundener kommerzieller Bildproduktion und malerischer Codes. Eine Ambivalenz, die, um als symbolisch aufgeladene Malerei im Feld der zeitgenössischen Kunst ...

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