Friday, March 9, 2018, 7 pm
Antimoderne Formen, gegen die Reproduktion unserer Gegenwart

Discussion of Kerstin Stakemeier‘s book Entgrenzter Formalismus. Verfahren einer antimodernen
Ästhetik
(b_books). With Anselm Franke (head of visual arts and film, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin), Juliane Rebentisch (professor of philosophy and aesthetics, Offenbach University of Art and Design) and Kerstin Stakemeier (professor for art theory and art education, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg), moderated by Jenny Nachtigall (scientific assistant at the department of philosophy and aesthetics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich)

In German language
Admission free

“Even if modernity could have gone better, it never would have gone well.” Based on this polemical statement, Kerstin Stakemeier in her book
Entgrenzter Formalismus. Verfahren einer antimodernen Ästhetik (2017, b_books) engages to search for an antimodern (art) history, whose threads Stakemeier picks up everywhere throughout modernity in order to connect them with the present. Her aim is to dissolve the boundaries of modernity in the present, to propose an aesthetic formalism that does not break out of art, but breaks it open, that rejects its autonomy as a bourgeois constraint and prepares to devalue it. It is this aesthetic theory of progressive self-abolition that will be discussed in the panel discussion.

Anselm Franke is an author, art critic and curator, and since the beginning of 2013, head of the Department of Visual Arts, Film, Digital Media at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. He was the curator of the Shanghai Biennale (2014/2015) and the Taipei Biennial (2012), as well as co-curator of the Forum Expanded program at the Berlin International Film Festival (2012), the 1st Brussels Biennial (2008) and Manifesta 7 in Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy (with Adam Budak, Hila Peleg, Raqs Media Collective, 2008). From 2006 to 2010, Franke was the director of Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp and from 2001 to 2006, exhibitions director of Kunst-Werke – KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.

Jenny Nachtigall is a researcher at the Chair of Philosophy and Aesthetic Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 2014, she realized the symposium “art and (re)production” together with Dorothea Walzer, and in 2016, she completed her doctorate with the title
Beyond Modernis: Berlin Dada and Form as Contradiction at the University College London. Together with Manuela Ammer, Eva Birkenstock, Kerstin Stakemeier and Stephanie Weber, she is the initiator of the project Klassensprachen / Class Languages – exhibition, magazine and debate. She also writes for, a. o., Artforum and Texte zur Kunst.

Juliane Rebentisch studied Philosophy and German at Freie Universität Berlin. She obtained her doctorate in 2002 at Universität Potsdam and her habilitation degree in 2010 at Goethe Universität in Frankfurt/Main. Since 2011, she is a professor of philosophy and aesthetics at the Offenbach University of Art and Design. Rebentisch has authored and edited a large number of publications and beyond that regularly writes for
Texte zur Kunst. Most recent publications include: Theorien der Gegenwartskunst zur Einführung (Theories of Contemporary Art as an Introduction) (2013); Die Kunst der Freiheit. Zur Dialektik demokratischer Existenz (The Art of Freedom. On the Dialectics of Democratic Existence) (2012); Willkür. Freiheit und Gesetz II (Arbitrariness. Freedom and Law II) (ed. with Dirk Setton, 2011); Kreation und Depression. Freiheit im gegenwärtigen Kapitalismus (Creation and Depression. Freedom in Contemporary Capitalism) (ed. with Christoph Menke, 2010).

Kerstin Stakemeier, based in Berlin, works as a professor of art theory and mediation at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg and contributes to Artforum and Texte zur Kunst et al. Book publications include:
Painting – The Implicit Horizon (with Avigail Moss, 2012), Power of Materials / Politics of Materiality; The Present of the Future (with Susanne Witzgall, 2014/2016); 2016 saw the release of Reproducing Autonomy (with Marina Vishmidt). Currently she is working on the long-term project Klassensprachen / Class Languages (with Manuela Ammer, Eva Birkenstock, Jenny Nachtigall, Stephanie Weber) that includes two group shows in Berlin and Düsseldorf.