Oliver Marchart.
Hegemonie im Kunstfeld.
Die documenta-Ausstellungen dX, D11, d12 und die Politik der Biennalisierung

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Edited by Marius Babias

104 pages, color illustrations, soft cover, 19.80 Euro / 15.00 Euro (members), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2008, ISBN 978-3-86560-437-8
In German language only


With an analytically provocative eye, Oliver Marchart examines the last three documenta exhibitions. Based on the theories of Gramsci and Laclau/Mouffe , museums and biennials are portrayed as national and global hegemony machines that at once reproduce bourgeois mainstream culture and make it subject to critique. Along with the young history of documenta, the canonic schift in the fields of politics, postcolonial thory, and education (D11) is traced as well as the battle over normative power (dX), and the attempt at reversal (d12).