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Claire Pentecost

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Claire Pentecost’s “Notes from Underground” uncover a peculiar and trans-disciplinary knowledge about soil, its preferences and inhabitants. We learn forgotten and new things about composting, the rehabilitation of lifeless soil, bacterial molecules that produce collective signals, and the radical proximity of two organisms when an undigested organism lives inside another. In her deeply grounded critique, which she illustrates with drawings of an “internal world,” the artist and activist Pentecost reflects upon the threat to collective identity and the dreams of human beings within capitalism. In her “turning around,” analyzing and mixing agricultural, ecological, and molecular micro-processes beyond the background of current socio-political developments allows her to germinate ideas regarding the conflicted interrelatedness of “nature” and economy.

 

Claire Pentecost (*1956) is an artist and writer based in Chicago.

 

Language: German/English

 
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Since 2004/5, the artist Dinh Q. Lê has collected watercolors and ink drawings of Vietcong artists from North and South Vietnam. In his notebook, in an interview with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, he describes the historical and autobiographical correlations of his intense passion for collecting these drawings. In 1978, at the age of ten, Lê fled his hometown, Hà Tiên, with his family from the Communist regime and the Khmer Rouge. In 1997, after two decades in the U.S., he returned to Vietnam and settled there. The drawings that make up his collection have a melancholic mood. They depict people in idealized landscapes, as if they were looking for normality and natural life in the years of war. These very personal sketches and their “politics of form” suggest another reality against “official” propaganda images; they reveal a collective condition of waiting, a uniting hope.

 

Dinh Q. Lê (*1968) is an artist living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

 

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (*1957) is Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13).

Language: English/German

 
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The Chilean director, cartoonist, composer, and visual artist Alejandro Jodorowsky (*1929) dedicated a voluminous notebook to the script for his film Dune, after the 1965 science-fiction novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. He even printed the title on this book. But his ambitious project remained unrealized, and in the end, the 1974 notebook instead brings together his intensive research about the historical Tarot de Marseille. For three years, Jodorowsky followed the paths of the famous tarot deck to explore its origins and its historical development, as well as the various teachings and interpretations embedded within it. The notebook contains the result of his encounters, conversations, and studies in the form of texts, collages, and diagrams, which are reproduced here in a selection.

With an introduction by Chus Martínez, Agent, Member of Core Group, and Head of Department for dOCUMENTA (13).

 

Language: German/English

 
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Gustave Courbet

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Gustave Courbet (1819–1877) is considered to have introduced the practice of socially engaged painting, and he is viewed as one of the most important representatives of Realism. The direct and honest depictions of this artistic tendency—which ascribed to representing things as they are—challenged the idealized subject matter of academic painting and scandalized the Parisian society of the nineteenth century. Courbet became a leading figure of the rebellious artistic bohème and cultivated a lively exchange with the predominant poets and artists of his era. However, he was not merely an anti-establishment provocateur; he significantly revolutionized landscape painting. With seven essays this volume offers an introduction to selected aspects of the artist’s life and work. His paintings will also inspire even those who may not be well versed in the world of art. Courbet’s incredibly rich oeuvre and his exciting biography make him an artist worth discovering, again and again. (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3867-5)

 

In conjunction with this exhibition a catalogue (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3862-0, English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3863-7) and a printed volme (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3867-5, English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3878-1).

 

Exhibition: Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel 7.9.2014–18.1.2015

 

 
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Ada Lovelace

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Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace and daughter of Lord Byron, was a writer who, as a young adult, developed a deep interest in mathematics, in particular in Charles Babbage’s work on the Analytical Engine. This notebook includes a full reproduction of her famous “Note G,” one of several notes that supplemented her translation of a text by Luigi Federico Menebrae about Babbage’s research. Note G contains an algorithm that functions as a software to enable Babbage’s Engine—which did not yet exist—to perform computing processes and is widely regarded as the first computer program. While Note G expresses the author’s doubt about a computer’s capability to develop what we would call “artificial intelligence,” in other places she foresees that computers could go beyond pure calculation. In her thinking, Lovelace “managed to combine scientific rationalism with subjective imagination.” Additionally to Note G, this notebook contains selected transcripts and reproductions of letters exchanged between her and Babbage, as well as her sonnet “The Rainbow.”

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was an English writer.

Joasia Krysa is a curator, academic and Agent for dOCUMENTA (13).

 

Language: German/English

 
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Cultural critic Andrew Ross, who is a supporter of an alternative globalization approach, focuses in his texts on topics such as precarious cognitive labor, the organization of work, and urban society. In this notebook he questions the price we have to pay for the never-ending increase in efficiency and productivity and analyzes the correlation between self-exploitation in the Western economic system and the exploitation of the human workforce in Asia. Many freelance and creative producers spend all their waking hours on their laptops—their electronic notebooks—which allow them to work anytime and anywhere, leading to mistaken ideas about flexibility and independent work hours. Ross provides an example of the harsh labor conditions of the manufacturers of these machines in an investigation into the largest private employer in China, the Taiwanese company Foxconn, where a series of suicides occurred among the mostly adolescent workers. The most important medium of the only supposedly free, individually defined labor in Western neoliberalism owes its existence to degrading work conditions in other parts of the world.

Andrew Ross (*1956) is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.

 

Language: German/English

 
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In his essay, Christoph Menke (*1958), Professor of Philosophy at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, focuses on the question of how and where there is equality between human beings. The author examines different notions throughout the history of philosophy, as well as varying political concepts, such as the contrarian interpretations of fascism and communism, and the differing reflections on the connection between equality and reason by Aristotle and Descartes. Responding to our current debate about the question of equality, Menke proposes a continuation through an “aesthetics of equality,” which radicalizes enlightenment’s assumption according to which all people have the same ability to reason. Here, equality consists of a force, an agency to imagine, given to all people—the equality of the possibility for an exercised and exercising formation of reason, which is not a given but a socially acquired capacity.

 

Language: German/English

 
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Vyacheslav Akhunov

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During the Soviet regime, the artist, author, and philosopher Vyacheslav Akhunov hid his notebooks in stables and barns, in murals and matchboxes. For the artist, the notebook is an autonomous artistic medium. Between 1973 and 2000, he archived more than three thousand of his ironic, visionary drawings and collages on paper for two hundred projects. In this notebook, one finds excerpts from works dated between 1974 and 1982. Leeza Ahmady’s introduction to Akhunov’s drawings and collages, which the artist refers to as “art-facts,” interprets and reveals these as sensitive forebodings of the fall of the socialist era and as a contemporary document conceived to outlast the present.

 

Vyacheslav Akhunov was born in 1948 in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

 

Leeza Ahmady is a freelance curator living in New York; she is the director of the New York Asian Contemporary Art Week and Agent of dOCUMENTA (13).

 

Language: German/English

 
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Avery F. Gordon

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In this notebook, Gordon is engaged in a portrait of Breitenau, the twelfth-century Benedictine monastery, located twenty kilometers south of Kassel, that has been used throughout its history for various purposes, and since the nineteenth century has been a site of confinement and “correction.” Turned into a workhouse in 1874, it subsequently became a concentration camp in Nazi years, then a girls’ reformatory until the 1970s, and is now an open psychiatric residential treatment facility and a rehabilitation center, as well as a Gedenkstätte memorial and research center. During a site visit with Schaber, Gordon, with the help of the memorial’s cofounder and director Gunnar Richter, immerses herself in Breitenau’s history and recalls its function as a place for the enclosure of “disobedient social subjects” and their ideas, developing “a kind of encyclopedia of the prisoner.”

 

Avery F. Gordon is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Visiting Faculty at the Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

 

Language: German/English

 
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Erkki Kurenniemi

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A reprint of diary pages from October 1980 by Erkki Kuriennemi (*1941), nuclear physicist turned artist and protagonist of electronic music in Finland whose work refutes, with a radical imagination, the common place that bases technology in frigid thought and loss of sensuality. Over decades, Kurenniemi incessantly built up his archive, comprised of photographs, floppy discs and harddrives, hundreds of video and audiotapes as well as dozens of notebooks, like the one presented here.

With an introduction by Lars Bang Larsen.

 

Language: German/English

 
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