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ANN COTTEN, LEE MÉIR, MARCUS STEINWEG
THE PLEASURE OF THE TEXT

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 03.06.2016

Ort: TQW / Studios

Im Rahmen von: Lecture series with artists and theoreticians (Concept & curating: Krassimira Kruschkova)

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Three discursive moments that intertwine and lead into an audience discussion.

 

 

Ann Cotten: Can one sense freedom when looking?

The boredom in watching other people in free artistic movement is maybe not just a result of the compulsion to sit in the audience. How important is participation in the principle of freedom? Can the eye just look? Is the violence of the voyeuristic gaze capable of breaking the paradox that the purposelessness of art gives rise to particularly knotty compulsions at its margins, or is how one looks incidental, or is there even a hippo-like peace in observation?

 

Lee Méir: failure n#7 (the promise of words / put your body over there)

failure n#7 explores the interrelationship and tension between a moving body in the now and language which can be inherently independent of the now. The gap between the body, anchored in the uncertainty of every passing moment, and the privilege of displacement which language makes possible opens a space to question the different temporal spheres of dance and language.

 

Marcus Steinweg: Nervous Operations

The whole of the discourse of Roland Barthes constitutes itself as an aversion to the doxa.  Barthes makes no secret of how much he loathes the “petty-bourgois consensus” and the “violence of prejudice”. The violence of his own practice expresses itself in this. It is the violence of boundless differentiation, a kind of hyperbolic minutiosity. Even where he activates certain binarisms, Barthes denies them trust inasmuch as he drives them to sensitive refinements that transform thinking into a nervous operation in order to sensitise the cogito in a just as strict as exact way against the dictates of the doxa

 

 

 

Credits

Ann Cotten, born in 1982 in Iowa, lives in Vienna and Berlin, has written books that are mostly regarded as literary, most recently: Hauptwerk: Softsoftporn, Peter Engstler, Ostheim/Rhön 2013; Der schaudernde Fächer, Erzählungen, Suhrkamp 2013; “Verbannt!” Versepos, Suhrkamp 2016.  Repeatedly mangy lectures on art and philosophy, with M. Rinck and S. Scho “Rotten Kinck Schow”.

 

Lee Meir (1984, IL/DE) is a choreographer and performer based in Berlin. failure n#7 is part of her series fourteen functional failures, which deals with questions regarding rhythm and physical time within paradoxical relations between language, body, voice and sound.

 

Marcus Steinweg (1971, D) is a philosopher and lives in Berlin. Recent publications: Aporien der Liebe, Merve, Berlin 2010; MAPS (with Thomas Hirschhorn), Merve, Berlin 2011; Kunst und Philosophie / Art and Philosophy, Walther König, Cologne 2012; Evidenzterror, Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2015; Inkosistenzen, Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2015.

 

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