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16. April 2019
Issue No. 113

COMMON GROUND Colin Lang in Conversation with Julia Grosse, Suza Husse, and Max Czollek

There is very little global reporting in the German art context, whether online or in print publications. Artists and cultural producers from outside the Western art world are typically marginalized or discussed in simplistic categories. How, then, might one initiate a novel art-critical discourse that would eschew forms of exclusion and build on discussions and knowledge by transforming them into a critical praxis? Editor-in-chief of Texte zur Kunst Colin Lang sat down with Julia Grosse of Contemporary And, Suza Husse, artistic director of District Berlin, and Max Czollek, author of the book “Desintegriert Euch!” and editorial board member of Jalta, a magazine devoted to contemporary Jewish perspectives, to discuss possible strategies in the struggle against discrimination.

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12. April 2019

An End to "this" World Denise Ferreira da Silva interviewed by Susanne Leeb and Kerstin Stakemeier

In her texts, lecture-performances, and film-collaborations, Denise Ferreira da Silva has opposed figures of thought and modes of action that are authorized by and thus ongoingly constitutive of a genealogy of Enlightenment and Western modernist thinking. In her 2007 book "Toward A Global Idea of Race", it is the “transparent I” of enlightened subjectivity that comes under attack. Though this “transparent I” has itself been criticized, especially in continental philosophies and feminist writings throughout the 20th century, Ferreira da Silva makes the claim that those criticisms hardly touched the systemic function this concept carries for racial subjugation, and that they remain insufficiently radical in their rejections. Professor Ferreira da Silva here illuminates these and other issues in conversation with the art historians/critics Kerstin Stakemeier and Susanne Leeb.

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March 2019

Current Issue

Issue No. 113
March 2019
„Diskriminierung/Discrimination“

For the latest issue no. 113, TEXTE ZUR KUNST investigates the structures within the arts and cultural spheres where racism and discrimination are practiced, performed, and reproduced. This special issue concentrates specifically on the context of Germany, and includes discussions and texts from artists and theorists throughout the country who have dedicated special attention to current and ongoing political and social crises; specifically the challenges these crises pose for the language and terms of art criticism. How can criticism mount an appropriate response to the discrimination and injustices that pervade all levels of society?

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10. April 2019

Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) An Obituary by Ada Maria Hennel

So much in today’s filmic landscape would be unthinkable without the work of Barbara Hammer,  a pioneer of the medium’s technical forms as well as its subjects. The bodies we see in a Hammer piece are never disconnected from how we see them. As we mourn the passing of this singular figure, Ada Maria Hennel offers a look back at the distance that Hammer measured for us from the void that still remains to be filled.

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3. April 2019

Kaddish for Bramble K. Colin Lang on the Program of the Nordic Pavilion

Helsinki, Finland. Still deep in the throes of winter, thoughts turned to the warmer climes of Venice at the presentation for the program of this year’s Nordic Pavilion for the 58th Biennale. How warm is exactly the question on everyone’s minds, it seems, and climate change was a guiding concern, as well as multispecies cohabitation, for the organizers of this year’s exhibition. Who better than the Finns, champions of sustainability, to lead the charge?

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Artists' Editions

Arturo Herrera, "Crush", 2019

27. March 2019

Gleitmittel: Ost-Gleitmittel Ein Statement von Suse Weber

In unserer aktuellen Ausgabe 113 versammelten wir viele Stimmen zu den Themen Diskriminierung und Rassismus. Untersuchten wir dabei strukturelle Diskriminierungen in vor allem Kultur- und Kunstinstitutionen, so beachteten wir wenig die deutsch-deutsche Problematik an sich und übersprangen dabei ein wichtiges Kapitel einer immernoch tiefliegenden innerdeutschen Diskriminierung. Liefern wir damit rein westliche Perspektiven? Und wie diskriminatorisch gehen wir selbst vor, wenn wir nun einen „Ex-Ossi-Text als eine Art Perspektiv-Text“ (so die Künstlerin selbst) anfragten? Suse Weber antwortete uns dennoch auf unsere Anfrage zu "Diskriminierung/Ostdeutschland" mit einem Statement.

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20. March 2019

Leergut Georg Imdahl über Claudia Kugler in der Galerie sima, Nürnberg

„What if there were no limits for creativity?“, wirbt ein amerikanisches Softwareunternehmen für seine Produkte. „We have apps for all that – and so much more. You can dream bigger“ – mit der Creative Cloud. Arme Kreativität! Wohl keine andere Vokabel aus dem Geltungsbereich der Ästhetik ist heute durch ökonomisches Framing so gründlich diskreditiert wie diese , kein Unternehmen auf dem Gebiet jener Kreativität für alle hingegen dürfte so erfolgreich operieren wie die Firma Adobe Systems Inc. Wer nutzt heute etwa keine Programme für Grafikdesign und 3-D-Software, wenn es darum geht, Bilder zu bearbeiten? Wie sich Künstler*innen diese digitalen Codes zueigen machen beschreibt Georg Imdahl anhand Claudia Kuglers Ausstellung in Nürnberg.

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18. March 2019

Im Sprachgewimmel Nadja Abt über Slavs and Tatars in der Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst "Ў", Minsk

Wie lässt sich anhand von Linguistik die Geschichte verschiedener Länder und ihrer Bevölkerung nachvollziehen? Und wie lässt sich Kunst als politischer Kommentar verstehen, wenn sie jene Sprachwissenschaft nutzt um verschlüsselt sichtbar zu machen, was nicht gesagt werden darf? Die Redakteurin von Texte zur Kunst, Nadja Abt, reiste ins belarussische Minsk, um herauszufinden wie solche Erzählweisen funktionieren können.

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13. March 2019

A Value-Theoretical Banksy by Isabelle Graw

The act in which Banksy (partially) shredded his work “Girl with Balloon” (2006) while on the auction block at Sotheby’s on October 5, 2018 was much discussed in the media, with reports in Germany even appearing on the evening TV news and in celebrity magazines. Subsequently, “Girl with Balloon” was presented with its new title “Love Is in the Bin” (2018) at Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden from February 2 to March 3, where it was celebrated as an icon. From March 7, it will be on view in its new home at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, which has received it on permanent loan. In light of these recent institutional valorizations, Isabelle Graw examines here the special value-form of this work, with a view as well to its significance for art history.

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TEXTE ZUR KUNST stands for controversial discussions and contributions by internationally leading writers on contemporary art and culture. Alongside ground-breaking essays, the quarterly magazine – which was founded in Cologne in 1990 by Stefan Germer (†) and Isabelle Graw and has been published, since 2000, in Berlin – offers interviews, roundtable discussions, and comprehensive reviews on art, film, music, the market, fashion, art history, theory, and cultural politics. Since 2006, the journal's entire main section has been published in both German and English. Additionally, each issue features exclusive editions by internationally renowned artists, who generously support the magazine by producing a unique series.