An Introduction to the Symposium «Crisis and Communitas»

Crisis is a term increasingly heard these days – climate crisis, migration crisis, crisis of representation, identity, masculinity… Contemporary societies often react to crises by installing mechanisms of classification and order. Identitarian communities perceive themselves as an antidote to personal and social crises. On 14 and 15 November 2019, the symposium «Crisis and Communitas. Performative […]

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Image as gesture: notes on Aernout Mik’s Communitas and the modern political film

Walking through Aernout Mik’s exhibition Communitas, dwelling in the encounter with the people and situations in front of and on the screens, one is struck by the cinematic and political qualities of the gestures in these powerful video installations. In this article some film-philosophical reflections on the silent performative force of the image as gesture and as politics will be explored.

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Cultural change in Poland. The end of conservative consensus or a fascist future?

Comments that appeared in the public sphere after the autumn elections in Poland didn’t take into account an important cultural dimension of the elections. The same can be said about the articles on the upcoming presidential elections in May 2020. People writing about Polish politics seem to look only at surveys or analyze performances of […]

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Transformation. Memory and Matter in Early Polish Capitalism

The process of political and economic transformation which started in Poland in the late eighties is narrated in terms of regaining freedom and establishing democracy. The end of the totalitarian regime also brought the end of censorship and political persecution, the beginning of the free market, and the free flow of commodities. However, on the […]

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Die Unschärfe zwischen den Strahlen: Henryk Stażewskis Installation «9 rayons de lumière dans le ciel»

Der Kontrast von klaren Linien und Unschärfe, die Position zwischen abstrakter Kunstinstallation und politischer Propaganda: Konzeptuelle Kunst in den späten 1960er-Jahren in der Volksrepublik Polen war ein Balanceakt zwischen individuellen künstlerischen Konzepten und Ansprüchen oder Interpretationen von institutioneller Seite. Dieser Beitrag diskutiert die künstlerische und politische Unschärfe als Mittel sowie die Funktionen des «Dazwischen» an Henryk Stażewskis Entwurf und Installation von «9 rayons de lumière dans le ciel» von 1969/70.

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