One plus one equals other
One plus one equals other

Dieter Mersch

Epistemologies of Aesthetics

We  identified ‘showing’—rather than ‘saying’—as the primary self-manifestation of the aesthetic. By ‘showing’ and ‘manifestation’ we do not mean expression, but exhibition and exposition. Wherever works work only with aisthēta and relevance is drawn from perceptions or things and their materiality—from every nuance of coloring, from the way in which objects are framed or combined, from the position of a detail, from the interval between two notes and their microtonal succession or arrhythmic placement, from any hesitation of physical feeling,...
  • Denkt Kunst
  • Diskursanalyse
  • Künstlerische Forschung
  • Ästhetik
  • Epistemologie
Rosi Braidotti

We need more planetary dimensions!

My life-long engagement in the project of nomadic subjectivity rests on a specific cartography of our globalised times, marked by large-scale and technologically-mediated transformations of our social, economic and political universes. I start from the assumption that, as a result of these upheavals, traditional forms of self-representation, familiar cultural points of reference and age-old habits of thought are being re-composed, albeit in contradictory ways.

Our historical context is marked by the schizoid structure of technology-driven advanced capitalism, as Deleuze and Guattari lucidly put it. Examples of the non-linear and internally contradictory ways of the working of this system are the vast accumulation of wealth alongside growing disparities in income, well-being and access to the very technologies that sustain our economy. Another example is the paradox of a world economy linked by a thick web of transnational flows of capital and labour, which functions through different forms and speeds of mobility, including...

  • Globalisierung
  • Feminismus
  • Identität
  • Europa
  • Kapitalismus
Elisabeth Bronfen
Con Artist Don Draper, the archetypical American hero

Con Artist Don Draper, the archetypical American hero

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

The endless array of merchandise

In contemporary capitalism, subjectivity is the product of a mass industry organized on a global level. For Félix Guattari this is actually the first and most important of capitalist productions, because it preconditions and is part of production in all other forms of merchandise. Subjectivity is a ‘key merchandise,’ which in its ‘nature’ is put together, developed and manufactured in the same way as a car, electricity, or a washing machine. Capitalism organizes the production and control of subjectivity through two different systems, which weave together the manufacture of the individuated subject (“social subjection”) and what seems to be the opposite, de-subjectification (“machinic enslavement”). Therefore capitalism exercises a twofold hold over subjectivity.

Social subjection involves techniques of government, which pass by way of, and mobilize, representation (political and linguistic), areas of knowledge, discursive visual practices, etc., and produce ‘subjects of rights,’ ‘political subjects,’ in short: ‘subjects’ of ‘I’s,’ of individuals. By...

  • Algorithmen
  • Gouvernementalität
  • Daten
  • Identität
  • Kapitalismus
Michael Mayer: Zone
Simon Critchley: Gedächtnistheater
Inke Arns (Hg.), Sylvia Sasse (Hg.), ...: Nikolaj Evreinov: »Sturm auf den Winterpalast«
Christian Marazzi: Le socialisme du capital
Gertrud Koch: Breaking Bad, Breaking Out, Breaking Even


Ulaş Aktaş

The development of cultural screens

The radicalisation of the process of civilisation is a challenge to art, even an overwhelming one. High-modernist art, with its claims to understanding and expressing the world, positioned within a world that has become highly complex, is challenged by itself.

How is one to dance against Auschwitz or Hiroshima?

The sheer attempt to “dance against” anything would be naïve! Art after modernism – and I think the date 1945 would serve very well as a point of reference – had to and must now relinquish its own irresolvable complexity and retreat. It becomes in a sense truly radical but it would be more accurate to say it becomes nuclear, focussing on the core. Beckett’s plays are destilled cores – their greatness lies in their smallness. Absolute music, absolute art – Merce Cunningham’s dance could well be termed absolute dance in this sense – cristallises something from out of the cultural forms of bourgeois art, something which can...

  • Körper
  • Immunisierung
  • Krise
  • Politik
  • Tanz


»Platon ist unser Zeitgenosse.«
»Platon ist unser Zeitgenosse.«

Alain Badiou

Platons ›Staat‹

Nach sechsjähriger Arbeit legt Badiou seine mutige Neuübersetzung von Platons ›Politeia‹ vor, in der sich philosophisches und literarisches Talent kongenial verbinden. In Badious ›Staat‹ sind Sprache und Denken der Akteure radikal modern und enthüllen so nicht nur eine neue Sicht auf ein jahrtausendealtes Werk, sondern schärfen den Blick auch für die brennenden Fragen unserer Gegenwart. Badiou wechselt zwischen wort- getreuer Übersetzung und freier Improvisation, unterteilt den Text in sechzehn statt in zehn Kapitel, modernisiert seine Bilder, erweitert seinen historischen Rahmen...
  • Gerechtigkeit
  • Demokratie
  • Gespräch
  • Gesellschaft
  • Faschismus
Cornelia Wild

Welches Maß kennt die Modularisierung?

Die Modularisierung erfolgt im Zeichen der Verwirklichung einer globalen Idee, in der immer wieder betont wird und betont werden kann, wie sehr diese als positive Möglichkeit und nicht als negative Unterdrückung verstanden werden soll. Diese Positivierung konfrontiert uns mit der Unmöglichkeit, uns dagegen zu wehren. Da die Trennung von Selbst und Staat verwischt worden ist, bedeutet jedes Aufbegehren immer auch, sich gegen sich selbst zu wenden. Anstatt zu rebellieren, reagieren die Betroffenen mit Erschöpfung (↑ Lebensführung, studentische). Doch nicht ein Mehr an Wissen führt zur Überforderung der »neuen« Studierenden, sondern die Überforderung resultiert aus der Unmöglichkeit, das zu erwerbende Wissen in eine individuelle Praxis zu überführen. Denn in dem Moment, in dem die individualisierte Technik des rechten Maßes nicht mehr aus eigenem Wunsch heraus erfolgt, kippt sie in eine repressive Maßnahme.

  • Universität
  • Bologna-Prozess
  • Bürokratie
  • Bildungspolitik
Diana Coole

New Materialism

Over the past two or three years there has been much talk in the social and human sciences about a materialist turn. It is clear that this is not, however, a complete revolution back to older forms of materialism, even if some of their traces are still resonant. The new materialists are self-consciously positioning themselves in the wake of an earlier cultural turn towards linguistic modes of cultural analysis that included radical forms of constructivism, but also in response to new challenges and opportunities that are emerging through novel ways of understanding matter and handling objects.

My essay has two main parts. The first provides an overview by considering some of the ways a new materialism is being pursued, the sources from which it draws inspiration and the kind of vocabulary that is being used to invoke volatile process of materialisation. This includes a sketch of the new materialist ontology, with...

  • Materialästhetik
  • Materialität
  • Ding
  • materialist turn
  • Anthropologie