Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lost Questions, forgotten answers

Been browsing through old texts of mine, in preparation for a new text on ruins (yet another). Amongst old texts and even jotted down dreams and lists of notes for talks I found these answers to questions that I have absolutely no memory of ever answering. I guess from the heading  they are for one of the magazines produced for Documenta 12. I kind of like my first answer, and wonder why my second answer feels angry (?). By the third I seem to have given up.

Multitudes / documenta 12.
Andreas Angelidakis

Is modernity (y)our aftermath?
For D12, modernity haunts our common planetary horizon like a zombie,
caught between death and life. How do you feel about modernity's fate
with respect to its universalism qua totalitarism/antitotalitarism
refrain: nostalgic, compromised, critical, terrified or still yearning
for postmodernity? In light of your participation/non-participatio
n in D12, how do you wake up from post/modernity's night of the living

The trick is to keep sleeping, never wake up. Modernism is of course terrified and compromised and nostalgic and these are not modern times. The Myspace generation doesn’t have time for ideals or big concepts or long texts and boring intellectuals who publish magazines and design buildings and worry about whether god is in the details or less is more or less. They want to inhabit images and listen to the past and look at patterns and have many friends that they never interact with, and they don’t like to speak on the phone because it is too direct and too immediate. They like postmodernism because it is 80’s and it reminds them of shopping malls and television.

Is bare life your apocalyptic political dimension?
If bare life deals with that part of our existence from which no
measure of security will ever protect us, how do you feel in your real
life with regard to your participation/non-participation in D12?
Tortured, lyrical or even ecstatic? Is the concentration camp a useful
paradigm for you? How can bare life be experienced by an audience?
(Did you ever read Agamben in a state of exception? Crying or

What is this question. Bare life is terrible and the audience always has their bare life to live, and it is stupid and torturing for everybody. But how can you consider your life in regards to an art exhibition, it would be the most pathetic thing to do.  But then exhibitions are important, especially if you are not part of them and you wished you were, and then you are in the next one and it is all crap anyway. And buildings take so much time and you loose yourself in the process. There should be a way to avoid all process, to have instant result, instant failure and never wait. God is Speed.

What is to be done after the D12 Bildung programme?
Will your participation/non-participation help you not to feel lost
between the devil (didacticism, academia) and the deep blue
sea(commodity fetishism)? Did reading Schiller make you feel romantic?
Have you walked through Habermas's public sphere? Are you sharing
Rancière's distribution of the sensible? Would you still prefer to fly
with Deleuze & Guattari?
Develop as you wish, with or without reading

It’s up to you. Everything could be done, and this could still be a forgettable experience. Or you could change your life. For me answering these questions was a slightly clarifying experience. I just got out of the tub, am bored in a hotel in Geneva, have to design stuff and these questions feel far away and also close.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Further excursions in Folk Fantasia

to save the land
you place a fence
maybe find a roof

under a rock

a roof of rocks

ladders built inside the wall

a tumble of weeds makes a house

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Objects on Plinths

a burned justice (Jannis Kounellis) at Brandhorst Museum, Munich
where they also had

a paint splattered parrot (Jannis Kounellis)

Amore, (Jeff Koons)

a dog, (Rosemarie Trockel)

a grave (Cy Twombly)

 outside the Musee de l'art moderne de la ville de Paris, AIDS (General Idea)

on the street in St Germain, a hair roller building (Sylvie Fleury)
(it's not a building but it looks identical to my Tube House, so maybe it is)

 at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, a monitor playing a video of a solar power boombox abandoned at the North Pole, (Joanna Malinowska) 

then at Pinakotek der Moderne in Munich, 
a tortured head Georg Baselitz)

somebody whose name I forgot to jot down

another nobody kneeling, crawling

a slave, (Henri Matisse)

a scatter of letters (Alix Delmas, also from ECLV
as curated by great Paul Ardenne)
in Versailles, a building on a marble piece of paper, 
eventually on top of a plinth, 
eventually rounding off a list that could only fnd closure with
the uber-object on a plinth, Hans Haacke's Condensation Cube. 
An empty plexiglass box with some H2O 
that goes from mist to drops over and over again.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Suns and Thoughts (for DLD11)

and here's a selection from Slideshow #2

Hans Holein

Laurids Ortner

Andrea Branzi
Phillipe Rahm
Gianni Pettena
Peter Cook
Guy Rottier

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Clouds and Moons and Buildings (for DLD2011)

Here's a few of the slides from "Clouds and Moons and Buildings", one of the two slideshows I put together for DLD11 (Arts), as curated by Johannes Fricke Waldhausen and Hans Urlich Obrist
Buckie Fuller

Ugo la Pietra

Friedrich St Florian

Yves Klein
Diller Scofidio +Renfro
Guy Rottier + Yona Friedman

yours truly
more Haus-Rucker-Co
Nigel Coates
Zund Up (which is actually Hans Hollein)
and Guy Rottier of course. And if anybody knows where to find better scans of Rottier, and especially the Architecture d'occasion that I put in my 2008 slideshow, do let me know