Fragility is the only thing I really know about me
Fragility is the only thing I really know about me

Claire Denis

“Fragility is the only thing I really know about me”

I am not a very balanced person. I am fragile and sad – almost as described in Triste Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss. I feel both those adjectives, I grew up with them. I was aware of my fragility even when I was very young – a baby, learning to walk, living somewhere in Africa and already feeling that the number of white persons was very small compared to the number of black persons and also noticing that most of the... ABO
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Marking the passage from misfortune to good luck

An even more strikingly risky moment, which for Don anticipates both a personal and a professional crisis, occurs at the open door of an elevator in the fifth season. After Megan has confessed to him that she wants to stop working at the agency so as to fully concentrate on her acting career, he accompanies her to the elevator, where he takes leave of her by demonstratively giving her a passionate kiss before the door closes. Then, as though this were an afterthought, he once more presses the button. Although, almost immediately, the doors of the elevator next to the one that Megan just stepped into begin to open, he suspects that something is wrong. Standing on the threshold of the opening, he finds himself looking down into the dark abyss of the empty elevator shaft. More astonished than alarmed, he steps back. Then the doors close again. The concrete...

  • 1960er Jahre
  • Arbeitswelt
  • Alltag
  • Amerika
  • Architektur
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Jede Nummer eine Art Meta-Collage

Abgehackte Rinderfüße vor Schlachthöfen, gewaltige Blutstriemen am Boden, hingepinselt nicht von Francis Bacon, sondern von anonymen Metzgergesellen, dann große Zehen von Menschen, die unsere verdrängte Unbeholfenheit und Hässlichkeit zeigen sollten, oder ersterbende Fliegen, die als dunkle Wolke des Todes auf Klebepapier wimmeln, zwischen all diesen fotografischen Ekelerregungskunststücken tauchte in der siebten Nummer der Zeitschrift »Documents« 1929 auch die Fotografie einer seltsam geformten Manuskriptrolle auf: die »120 Tage von Sodom«, jene schauerlichste Abrechnung mit dem Projekt der Aufklärung, die der Marquis de Sade 1785 verfasste, ein Schriftstück, das noch weit mehr als die verhackstückte Tier- und Menschenmaterie das absolute Grauen symbolisiert, den namenlosen Schrecken und das Unsägliche, zu dem der Mensch fähig ist.

Mit dieser geradezu als Fetisch verehrten, 12 Meter langen, aus winzigen Zetteln zusammengeklebten Rolle, in der Sade 600 menschliche Perversionen auflistete und die er vor Gefängniswärtern der Bastille in einem Dildo verbarg, der ab und zu unter »hohen spitzen...

  • Georges Bataille
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  • Surrealismus
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Gespräch mit Jean-Luc Nancy: Stören! – Strategien politischer Intervention

13.06.2017, 19:30

Maxim Gorki Theater
Am Festungsgraben 2
10117 Berlin




We need more planetary dimensions!
We need more planetary dimensions!

Rosi Braidotti

Nomadic Subjects

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... OPEN
  • Feminismus
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  • Europa
  • Globalisierung
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The mythic dimension of corporeality

When Graham’s American Document premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York City on October 9, 1938 it engendered a sense of community between the general public and the dance world, and within the dance world itself, where such community had not previously existed. Lincoln Kirstein, despite previous aesthetic gripes, extolled “the quality of Graham’s idiosyncratic gesture formulating just what she meant to say.” Kirstein implied that in American Document Graham avoided the traps of national folklore into which so many choreographic productions of this period had fallen, including Kirstein’s own projects. The left-wing press, for its part, set aside its persistent political misgivings about Graham’s oeuvre: New Masses – the most prominent left-wing cultural publication of the thirties – sponsored the New York premiere. While I do not have the space here to analyze the Libretto and the piece in detail the original version was critical of injustices in American history. Its...

  • Fotografie
  • 1930er Jahre
  • Körper
  • Mythos
  • Antifaschismus
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“Whatever I Photograph, I Always Lose”

  • Physiologie
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