Contemporary art is often associated with «the new» and notions such as avant-garde. This was certainly the case in the time of Modernism, when the contrast between innovative art and traditional society was dramatic. These days however, consumer society has taken over the cult of «the new» and this vision no longer has the same drive for art. In Postmodern timeseverything can be considered relevant, and the focus on the contemporary is replaced by discussions on how society and people relate....
«Archive» has been a key term in the aesthetic discourse of the last decade. Lifted out of its traditional context as a neutral term for, respectively, systematically stored documents, or for their storage space, the term has been recast as an analytical category that refers to and circumscribes complex institutional relations between power, knowledge and social identity.
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How can the past become a detour to approach the present? Recent works by Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Sarah Vanagt attempt to create a space in which the temporalities of colonial histories and histories as they are made in the here and now coexist.
Our modern culture is not a living one. It is not a real culture but a kind of knowledge about culture, a complex of various thoughts and feelings about it, from which no decision as to its direction can come.
According to Gadamer, art and history have something in common: Both are capable of opening up something unfamiliar that we can understand ourselves against.
Shaving the Baroness is a video-projection with Dunja Eckert-Jakobi and Leander Djønne. It was first shown at Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain 2010.