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Posted on June 11, 2012, 5:55 amAuthor : documenta 13 


September 16, 2012 marked the final day of the dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition.

After 100 days open to the public the total number of visitors in Kassel was 860,000, amounting to 110,000 additional visitors or a 14% increase from the previous edition of documenta in 2007.

An additional 27,000 people visited the dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition held in Kabul from June 20 to July 19, 2012, bringing the total number of visitors to 887,000.

Visitor survey results and an analysis of ticket sales highlights a number of changes in how people have approached dOCUMENTA (13) and suggest a shift in how they think about contemporary art and culture.

Almost one-third of documenta’s audience is now under 29 years of age, emphasizing the importance of the ideas, events and artworks found within this edition for younger people.

Furthermore, the total number of visitors includes a 112% increase in the sale of 100-day passes (from 5,900 in 2007 to 12,500), suggesting, as Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev states, "dOCUMENTA (13) has not been experienced by visitors only as a one-time day-ticket destination, but rather as a form of living culture that belongs to people’s lives thanks to repeated visits that break the sense of time's compression, releasing time and experience through art."

 

dOCUMENTA (13) / September 8–16, 2012 / CLOSING WEEK /

Three conferences, one film marathon and various other events, including lectures, performances, screenings and readings

 

The dance was very frenetic,
lively, rattling, clanging,
rolling, contorted,
and lasted for a long time

 

An exhibition is an unfolding organism, like a vegetable bud. It comes from intuitions, then it forms an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge; like a plant—which contains in itself many other living entities—it has roots, buds and fruit.

After four years of preliminary encounters, seminars and preparations, after a 100-day exhibition and other activities in Kassel, a series of seminars and a 30-day exhibition in Kabul, an 8-day seminar in Alexandria, and a 14-day retreat in Banff, dOCUMENTA (13) will close in Kassel on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at 8 pm.

Almost 100 days ago, when the exhibition opened in Kassel, we said that dOCUMENTA (13) was dedicated to artistic research and forms of imagination that explore commitment, matter, things, embodiment, and active living in connection with, yet not subordinated to, theory. We said these were terrains where politics are inseparable from a sensual, energetic, and worldly alliance between current research in various scientific and artistic fields and other knowledges, both ancient and contemporary, and that dOCUMENTA (13) was driven by a holistic and non-logocentric vision that is skeptical of the persisting belief in economic growth, a vision that is shared with, and recognizes, the shapes and practices of knowing of all the animate and inanimate makers of the world, including people.

And now we add that an exhibition could be thought of as a pre-reflexive consciousness, a qualitative duration of consciousness without itself. A bliss able to go beyond the aporias of the subject and the object
an experience of life no longer dependent on the first, nor submitted to the latter. Art is ceaselessly posed in life. And this indefinite life posed in art allows us to grasp the lived and living, to understand life as carried by the events, and by the singularities actualized in subject/objects. Art does not just come after life, but rather it offers the immensity of a temporality constituting spaces where one sees the event yet to come in the absolute of an immediate consciousness.

During closing week, dOCUMENTA (13) hosts three conferences that focus on three topics that have contributed to shape the entire project: artistic research; seeds and multispecies intra-action; and time. What is artistic research, how can it act in a less anthropocentric mode that is committed to the emancipation of all the makers of the world, to their livelihood, and how can that occur in a world free from the control over time that is ever more problematic in our advanced digital age?

dOCUMENTA (13) artists, including Maria Thereza Alves, 
Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri,Jérôme Bel, Andrea Büttner, Mark Dion, Jimmie Durham,Dora García, Pierre Huyghe, Joan Jonas, Amar Kanwar, Marcos Lutyens, Christian Philipp Müller, Claire Pentecost, Walid Raad, Anri Sala, and Albert Serra; dOCUMENTA (13) agents, advisors and MEG members, including Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Head of Department Chus Martínez, as well as Ali Brivanlou, Jürgen Heß, Donna Haraway, Raimundas Malašauskas, and Anton Zeilinger; and other participants, including ANA AND AND, Franco Berardi Bifo, Luca Cerizza, Vinciane Despret, Mai Abu ElDahab, George McKay, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Marco Scotini, Vandana Shiva, and Jan Verwoert, all participate variously in this week of activities.

 

THE CONFERENCES

1. “On Artistic Research”

Saturday, September 8
10:00 – 20:00 | Ständehaus
Part 1: Artistic Research or How to Disorganize the Relations between the Disciplines That Deal with Art

Participants: Mai Abu ElDahab, Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Sam Belinfante,Luca Cerizza, Jeremiah Day, Clodagh Emoe, Chiara Fumai, Dora García, Terike Haapoja, Jan Kaila, Hongjohn Lin, Laura Malacart, Chus Martínez, Claire Pentecost,Elske Rosenfeld/Giulia Cilla/Ingrid Cogne, Gertrud Sandqvist, Simon Sheikh, Henk Slager, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdótir, Jan Verwoert, Angela Vettese, Mick Wilson

Sunday, September 9
10:00 – 17:00 | Ständehaus
Part 2: Research On Art and Artists: Towards a New Form of Relating Aesthetics and Politics

Participants: Yann Chateigné, Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Andris Brinkmanis, Andrea Büttner, Ane Hjort Guttu, Chus Martínez, Vanessa Ohlraun, Bernhard Rüdiger, Nicola Setari, Susanne M. Winterling

The two-day conference “On Artistic Research” is developed in collaboration with the Art Academy Network established by dOCUMENTA (13). The program opens on the morning of September 8 with “Artistic Research or How to Disorganize the Relations between the Disciplines That Deal With Art,” introduced by Chus Martínez, and featuring lectures by Mai Abu ElDahab, Luca Cerizza, Simon Sheikh, and Jan Verwoert. The afternoon session, “Doing Research: An Exercise in Thinking About the Meaning of Artistic Research in the Academy Context,” introduced by Jan Kaila and Henk Slager, involves a series of research statements presented by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdótir, Chiara Fumai, Dora García, Claire Pentecost, Clodagh Emoe, Elske Rosenfeld/Giulia Cilla/Ingrid Cogne, Hongjohn Lin, Jeremiah Day, Laura Malacart, Sam Belinfante, and Terike Haapoja. A book presentation by Angela Vettese is followed with a recap by Mick Wilson, joined by Gertrud Sandqvist, Simon Sheikh, Chus Martínez and Jan Verwoert for a concluding panel discussion.

The morning session of September 9, introduced by Nicola Setari, begins with a talk 
by Yann Chateigné about the publication and research program at GENEVA University of Art and Design related to and stemming from Pedro Reyes' project for dOCUMENTA (13),Sanatorium. It is followed by a discussion between Ayreen Anastas, Andris Brinkmanis, and Rene Gabri. Participants in the afternoon session include: Andrea Büttner, Ane Hjort Guttuand, Vanessa Ohlraun, Bernhard Rüdiger, and Susanne M. Winterling. The day ends with concluding remarks by Chus Martínez and Nicola Setari.

 

2. “On Seeds and Multispecies Intra-Action: Disowning Life”

Monday, September 10
10:00 – 20:00 | Ständehaus
Part 1
Participants: 
Cheto Castellano, Vinciane Despret, Tue Greenfort, Donna Haraway, Florian Hecker, Salima Ikram, Karel Jezek, Toril Johannessen, Chus Martínez,Lissette Olivares, Claire Pentecost, Beatriz Preciado, Tron Frede Thingstad

Saturday, September 15
10:00 – 20:00 | Ständehaus
Part 2 

Keynote lecture “Seed Freedom” by Vandana Shiva. Introduction and closing comments by Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri, and Jürgen Heß.
Participants: Maria Thereza Alves, Mark Dion, Jimmie Durham, Josefina Hepp, Amar Kanwar, George McKay, Nalini Malani, Christian Philipp Müller, Claire Pentecost, Asif Zaidi


“On Seeds and Multispecies Intra-Action: Disowning Life” is a two-day public conference that takes as its starting point dOCUMENTA (13)’s perspective to build a global alliance between different forms of worldly research and knowledges. The discussion focuses on questions around food and seeds, water and land, energy and de-growth, as well as around humans as only one form of animal and biological life amongst many others. Notions revolving around seeding and the idea of multispecies intra-action are introducing new perspectives in eco-feminism that place the problem of difference or “othering” beyond gender. Inspired by and hoping to elaborate on the interrelated horizons of two main thinkers in these fields—seeds activist Vandana Shiva and multispecies biologist and cultural theorist Donna Haraway—this final conference of dOCUMENTA (13) gathers together some of the most rigorous scholars, artists, and activists in these fields with a range of committed new voices.

Part one opens on M
onday, September 10, with a sound intervention by Florian Hecker, followed by lectures by Vinciane Despret and Beatriz Preciado, and a performative contribution by Lissette Olivares and Cheto Castellano. A recorded lecture by Donna Haraway introduces the afternoon session, followed by a presentation by Salima Ikram, a talk with Tue Greenfort, and contributions by Tron Frede Thingstad, Claire Pentecost, Karel Jezek, and Toril Johannessen. The day is introduced, moderated and summarized by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Chus Martínez.

The second part of the conference on Saturday, September 15, commences with a lecture by George McKay and an artists’ talk with Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham. A special lunch is provided by artist Christian Philipp Müller at the Karlsaue park. Vandana Shiva opens the afternoon session with a keynote lecture, followed by a talk by Asif Zaidi, a conversation with Mark Dion, and a presentation by Josefina Hepp, who is joined in discussion by 
Amar Kanwar, Nalini Malani, and Claire Pentecost. The day is introduced, moderated and summarized by Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri, and Jürgen Heß.

 

3. “On Time and Clocks”

Thursday, September 13
13:00 
 17:00 | Ständehaus
Part 2 of this conference follows a first session held in June.
Participants: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Anri Sala, Hans Siebeneicher, Anton Zeilinger


“On Time and Clocks” constitutes the second part of a discussion on time that began with a conversation between William Kentridge and Peter Galison during the opening week in June. It focuses on Anri Sala’s new project for 
dOCUMENTA (13)Clocked Perspective, that connects the Orangerie and the Karlsaue park. Sala is joined by quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger, curator and writer Hans Ulrich Obrist, and clockmaker Hans Siebeneicher, who devised the mechanical clockwork, to discuss different notions of time and how clocks influence our lives. Introduced by Nicola Setari, concluding remarks by Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.



THE FILM MARATHON: THE THREE LITTLE PIGS

Tuesday, September 11, 20:00 – Sunday, September 16, 20:00
One continuous screening of a 100-hour film | Bali Cinema
Albert Serra: The Three Little Pigs


During dOCUMENTA (13), artist and filmmaker Albert Serra made a 100-hour "movie" by casting, scripting, filming on HD video and editing one hour of film every day. This performative, surrealist, and promethean act of resistance, was an intellectual act of freedom from all logics of productive behavior in today’s society. During the exhibition, the product of each previous day’s labors, was screened at the Bali Cinema. In closing week, in contrast, the entire film will be screened one time only, over the course of a single week, 24 hours a day. The Three Little Pigs presents an encounter between three strange monologues, by three men: Johan Wolfgang Goethe, Adolf Hitler, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In this film, actors and non-professional actors rehearse three texts, the conversations of these three characters changing constantly in the making and, at the same time, constructing a continuous image between very different minds, thinking logics, ways of perceiving, and forms of action. Absurdly long, the movie is a new alliance between seeing and the equivocal. Serra’s non-stop film screening is a conflation of uncompromising passion for the image, the voice, the “then” of history and the “now,” the actors, the time in Kassel, and the making of the movie itself, which presides over and witnesses the last days of dOCUMENTA (13).



OTHER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: SCREENINGS, PERFORMANCES, AND OTHER EVENTS

Monday, September 10 – Saturday, September 15
15:00 – 16:00, 18:00 – 19:00 | LECTURE / PERFORMANCE | Untere Karlsstr. 14
Walid Raad: Scratching on Things I Could Disavow

Wednesday, September 12 – Sunday, September 16
12:00 – 13:00, 15:00 – 16:00, 18:00 – 19:00 | PERFORMANCE | Kaskade Cinema
Jérôme Bel: Disabled Theater

Thursday, September 13 – Saturday, September 15
22:00 
– 23:00
PERFORMANCE | Kaskade Cinema
Joan Jonas and Jason Moran: Reanimation

Friday, September 14
19:00 
– 20.30
KEYNOTE LECTURE | Ständehaus
Ali Brivanlou and Pierre Huyghe: On the Reversal of Time and Space

 

Sunday, September 16
18:00
EVENT | Reflection Room in the Karlsaue park, special outdoors session
Marcos Lutyens and Raimundas Malašauskas, featuring Sissel Tolaas: Hypnotic Show

Sunday, September 16
20:00
PERFORMANCE | Rooftop Fridericianum
Chiara Fumai: Shut Up. Actually, Talk (the world will not explode)

 

Click here for the full closing week program.

 

 

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Anton Zeilinger, Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna, Director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and member of the Honorary Advisory Committee of dOCUMENTA (13), brought to Kassel a fragment of a meteorite from the Campo del Cielo meteorite field in the Chaco province of northern Argentina, that has belonged to the collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna since 2004.

This moment entangles Zeilinger’s experiments for dOCUMENTA (13) currently taking place in the Fridericianum, with the project of artists Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolás Goldberg for the exhibition. Faivovich & Goldberg’s proposal to temporarily transport to Kassel the largest meteorite of the Campo del Cielo field, the 37-ton Chaco, has remained unrealized due to the opposition of some representatives of indigenous communities in relation to rights of heritage. Should the project have been realized, it would have constituted a unique event—the heaviest single object to have been transported by humans on the planet. 

Zeilinger has expressed the connections between his research and the Chaco meteorite project: “The meteorite shower entered the atmosphere around 4000 or 5000 years ago. The pueblos originarios called the site of impact pinguem nonraltá, which the Spanish translated into Campo del Cielo, because the people claimed that a mass had fallen from the sky. As late as around 1800, there were investigations and scientific publications by the French Academy claiming that there cannot be any meteorites because stones cannot fall from heaven.” However, Austria, where Zeilinger’s lab is located, was one of the first western countries to collect meteorites in the past, ignoring that generally acknowledged truth of scientific circles at the time (that meteorites from the sky could not exist). Therefore, the Vienna Naturhistorisches Museum has today one of the largest meteorite collections on earth.

Furthermore, another connection to Zeilinger’s experiments is that his team is planning to put some equipment similar to the hardware presented in the Fridericianum on a satellite to orbit the earth and establish quantum communication.

Zeilinger explains, “We have a connection between natural stuff falling down and man-made stuff, because our satellite will also fall down to earth some day. Some of our most recent experiments have been done at astronomical observatories in the Canary Islands and various people there are fascinated by the connection of the quantum and the cosmos in our work.”

 

 

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Image courtesy Anton Zeilinger and Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna.

On Friday, July 13, 2012, Anton Zeilinger, Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna, Director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and member of the Honorary Advisory Committee of dOCUMENTA (13), will bring to Kassel a fragment of a meteorite from the Campo del Cielo meteorite field in the Chaco province of northern Argentina, that has belonged to the collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna since 2004.

This moment entangles Zeilinger’s experiments for dOCUMENTA (13) currently taking place in the Fridericianum, with the project of artists Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolás Goldberg for the exhibition. Faivovich & Goldberg’s proposal to temporarily transport to Kassel the largest meteorite of the Campo del Cielo field, the 37-ton Chaco, has remained unrealized due to the opposition of some representatives of indigenous communities in relation to rights of heritage. Should the project have been realized, it would have constituted a unique event—the heaviest single object to have been transported by humans on the planet. 

Zeilinger has expressed the connections between his research and the Chaco meteorite project: “The meteorite shower entered the atmosphere around 4000 or 5000 years ago. The pueblos originarios called the site of impact pinguem nonraltá, which the Spanish translated into Campo del Cielo, because the people claimed that a mass had fallen from the sky. As late as around 1800, there were investigations and scientific publications by the French Academy claiming that there cannot be any meteorites because stones cannot fall from heaven.” However, Austria, where Zeilinger’s lab is located, was one of the first western countries to collect meteorites in the past, ignoring that generally acknowledged truth of scientific circles at the time (that meteorites from the sky could not exist). Therefore, the Vienna Naturhistorisches Museum has today one of the largest meteorite collections on earth.

Furthermore, another connection to Zeilinger’s experiments is that his team is planning to put some equipment similar to the hardware presented in the Fridericianum on a satellite to orbit the earth and establish quantum communication.

Zeilinger explains, “We have a connection between natural stuff falling down and man-made stuff, because our satellite will also fall down to earth some day. Some of our most recent experiments have been done at astronomical observatories in the Canary Islands and various people there are fascinated by the connection of the quantum and the cosmos in our work.”

 

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Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13), welcomes the »occupy« movement and appreciates their ability to care for the spaces they occupy.

»I welcome the »doccupy« movement in Friedrichsplatz, which has grown over the last weeks. It continues the wave of democratic protests that have been spreading across many cities in the world. It enacts the possibility of re-inventing the use of public space and appears to me to be in the spirit of the moment and in the spirit of Joseph Beuys who marked documenta and its history significantly, embodying another idea of collective decision making and political responsibility through direct democracy.

With this welcome, I also want to affirm the abilities of the people involved to care for the square, and to take responsibility for the space that they have the right to occupy, to consider the City of Kassel and the other visitors of documenta in a worldly spirit of germination and flourishing«.

(Carolyn-Christov-Bakargiev)

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Ständehaus © Stadtmuseum Kassel

 

List of ARTISTS of DOCUMENTA 13 >

100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, Documenta catalogs >

 

dOCUMENTA NEWS. PROGRAM LAUNCH

EMMANUEL ALLOA: AISTHESIS – OR WHY THERE IS NO THINKING WITHOUT PHANTASMS (English)

Monday, June 18, 6 pm
Bode-Saal, Maybe Center for Conviviality at the Ständehaus, Ständeplatz 6-10
Open session, free entry

Tuesday, June 19, 11 am
Fridericianum Zwehrenturm, Friedrichsplatz 18
Access with dOCUMENTA (13) entrance ticket, booking required

Emmanuel Alloa is a philosopher and an assistant professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of St. Gallen. Since 2010 he is the head of the philosophical dialogues in the theater of Gennevilliers (Paris). His research interests include German and French phenomenology, aesthetics, image theory and the question of embodied memory. He is the author of La résistance du sensible. Merleau-Ponty critique de la transparence (2011).

WHAT IS THINKING? OR A TASTE THAT HATES ITSELF

Conceived by German philosopher Christoph Menke in collaboration with Chus Martínez, and led by invited speakers, the seminar What is Thinking? Or a Taste that Hates Itself is a series of twelve two-part sessions focusing on the relationship between art and philosophy, between thinking and perceiving. It is an attempt to address the questions and the methods of philosophy for those who are curious but not necessarily close to the field. Each session is divided into a public lecture on Monday evenings in the Ständehaus, followed by a more intimate discussion seminar on Tuesday mornings in the Zwehrenturm of the Fridericianum.

In September 1959, the philosopher Theodor W. Adorno gave a lecture on the occasion of documenta 2. A few days earlier, he had mentioned in a letter to Max Horkheimer his interest in visiting the exhibition, in seeing what culture—art—could do after the greatest collapse that the country and the world had ever experienced. This lecture, “Die Idee der neuen Musik” (The Idea of New Music), is of key significance to dOCUMENTA (13). It is read and commented upon by Albrecht Wellmer at the opening of the exhibition and by Carla Harryman at the close, as the inspiration and source for a reflection on the importance of deeds, like art, and thoughts, like philosophy, that are less driven by aims and results, than guided by values.

The What is Thinking? seminar is a rigorous meditation on language, on meaning, on the limits and possibilities of skepticism, on imagination and politics, and on art and experience. It aims to contribute to an understanding of the importance of an art exhibition with the history and tradition of documenta, as a crucial space for ethical and aesthetic questions.

The seminar sessions can be attended individually or in full. Texts and other materials for the sessions are available online.

Please visit www.documenta.de for further information and booking details.
 

FULL PROGRAM

EMMANUEL ALLOA: AISTHESIS – OR WHY THERE IS NO THINKING WITHOUT PHANTASMS (English)

Monday, June 18, 6 pm
Bode-Saal, Maybe Center for Conviviality at the Ständehaus, Ständeplatz 6-10
Open session, free entry

Tuesday, June 19, 11 am
Fridericianum Zwehrenturm, Friedrichsplatz 18
Access with dOCUMENTA (13) entrance ticket, booking required

Emmanuel Alloa is a philosopher and an assistant professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of St. Gallen. Since 2010 he is the head of the philosophical dialogues in the theater of Gennevilliers (Paris). His research interests include German and French phenomenology, aesthetics, image theory and the question of embodied memory. He is the author of La résistance du sensible. Merleau-Ponty critique de la transparence (2011).

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