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...
  • Danièle Huillet
  • Jean-Marie Straub
  • Exil
  • Gemeinschaft
  • Arnold Schönberg



Education and Post-colonialism

Education must function as an “invisible mending” analogous to weaving invisible threads into an already existing fabric. The resulting pattern is not predetermined, the weaving process never finishes and remains twofold as well: the weaver is simultaneously the worker and the fabric to be worked. This demands a great deal of patience from those who teach, because the processes are slow, if not to say subtle—just like the pervasive, historical violence embedded in the social weave. Those advocating change must—this is urgent for critical education—be willing to change themselves.

While the educational system in most post-colonial contexts amounts to a corrupt ruin of the colonial model, in Europe we face a trivial, tacky replica of social imperialism. Accordingly, Spivak demands its persistent deconstruction or/and destruction. It is impossible to reflect on decolonizing education without an understanding of the violent structures that permeate education; otherwise, transformation will fail. As a first step...

  • Bildung
  • Kunstvermittlung
  • Lernen
  • Öffentlichkeit
  • Lehre

When two hands touch, how close are they?

When two hands touch, there is a sensuality of the flesh, an exchange of warmth, a feeling of pressure, of presence, a proximity of otherness that brings the other nearly as close as oneself. Perhaps closer. And if the two hands belong to one person, might this not enliven an uncanny sense of the otherness of the self, a literal holding oneself at a distance in the sensation of contact, the greeting of the stranger within? So much happens in a touch: an infinity of others – other beings, other spaces, other times – are aroused.

When two hands touch, how close are they? What is the measure of closeness? Which disciplinary knowledge formations, political parties, religious and cultural traditions, infectious disease authorities, immigration officials, and policy makers do not have a stake in, if not a measured answer to, this question? When touch is at issue, nearly everyone’s hair stands...

  • Materialität
  • materialist turn
  • Materialästhetik
  • Anthropologie
  • Ding


»The camera is my »exosomatic extension‹.«
»The camera is my »exosomatic extension‹.«

Gertrud Koch, Michael Lüthy, ...

A Walk With Allan Sekula Through His Exhibition

Gertrud Koch: We would like to start by discussing the different narrative forms you have chosen for the titles of your series, like »story«, »fable« or »tale«: how would you differentiate between stories and fables, and what autobiographical narratives are involved here? Is it a kind of metanarrative, is it a composing of different narrative moments?
   Allan Sekula: Very often my titling a particular work has an idiomatic logic: Fish Story has a vernacular resonance, particularly in American English where a... OPEN
  • Erinnerung
  • Fotografie
  • Fiktion
  • Allan Sekula
  • Ausstellung
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We are always part of an and and a between.

As it happens, in relation to questions of fragile identities, I think these are very useful words. One issue that has been confronted in recent discussions of identity has been whether it is singular or plural and if the latter, which is the predominant critical view, what kind of plurality is being evoked by the term? Specifically, are we talking about something that is fragmented or something that is multiple? Is the human subject notionally one, but through exposure to forces of various kinds, ranging from the excessive competing demands of post-modernity through to devastating trauma, it becomes a split subject? Or does the multiplicity of selves and identities (to run the terms together for a moment) reflect the simple reality of life – we are multiple beings, and our task is to do something with this multiplicity, not to wish it gone? It is this position that I would...

  • Judentum
  • Judith Butler
  • Familie
  • Identität
  • Hannah Arendt
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Zur Sprache der Kunstkritik

Im politischen, publizistischen und wissenschaftlichen Diskurs in Sachen Kunst regieren inzwischen derart ausgeprägte volkspädagogische Reflexe, dass Konflikte nur noch höchst selten als solche überhaupt benannt, geschweige denn ausgetragen werden. 
Die fünf Prozent der Bevölkerung, die ernsthaft als potentielle Adressaten für Gegenwartskunst in Frage kommen, haben sich ihrerseits längst daran gewöhnt, ständig mit neuen hermeneutischen Herausforderungen konfrontiert zu werden, ja sie wären enttäuscht, blieben diese auf einmal aus. Das wirft ein ungünstiges Licht auf die These, zeitgenössische Kunst habe es wegen ihrer exorbitanten Komplexität und intrinsischen Sperrigkeit so besonders schwer beim Publikum. Weder hat sie es per se ungemein schwer, wie die Besucherzahlen von Großausstellungen und Kunstmessen zeigen, noch ist sie per se ungemein komplex. Das viel beschworene Gefühl, einer Zumutung ausgesetzt zu sein, das nach der kanonischen Moderneerzählung angeblich den Umgang mit dem jeweils Neuesten auszeichnet, dürfte sich für das Gros der kunstinteressierten Laien inzwischen weitaus häufiger bei der Begegnung...

  • Gegenwartskunst
  • Ekphrasis
  • Interpretation
  • Kunstkritik
  • Hermeneutik