The exhibition Kunst und Philosophie invites artists to define for themselves a relation to philosophy: from the perspective and with the means of artistic articulation. A series of lectures examines the philosophy of the 21st Century and explores the relationship between Art and Philosophy. For the n.b.k. Showroom, Manfred Pernice develops the 'sculptural presentation' von der stange (off-the-rack), in situ and as a walkable cycle of works.
Art and Philosophy
Exhibition, Lectures, Workshops
3 September–30 October 2011
Artists: João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Swantje Hielscher, Thomas Hirschhorn, Bethan Huws, Kitty Kraus, Marcellvs L., Christian Schwarzwald, Richard Wright, Haegue Yang
Philosophers: Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Ray Brassier, Simon Critchley, François Jullien, Catherine Malabou, Boyan Manchev, Chantal Mouffe, Nina Power, Marcus Steinweg
Curator: Marcus Steinweg
Apparently, there is a friendship between art and philosophy. As with every friendship, articulating a certain difference is part of it. Art and philosophy are not the same. But the difference already passes through the concept of art and philosophy itself. Perhaps art and philosophy are connected by the fact that art generates a singular concept of art, and philosophy its own conception of philosophy. The exhibition invites artists to define for themselves a relation to philosophy: from the perspective and with the means of artistic articulation.
Series of lectures and workshops
The series of lectures Art and Philosophy examines the philosophy of the 21st Century and explores the relationship between Art and Philosophy. The question posed by the guest speakers is of the simplest kind: What is philosophy? For a period of eight weeks, nine philosophical lectures will be held in the premises of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein as part of the exhibition, followed by workshops with students of the Berlin Weissensee School of Art, as part of an art education project.
Thursday, 8.9.2011, 7 pm*
Symbolic vs Biological Life: the End
Catherine Malabou (prof. for philosophy, Kingston University, London)
Thursday, 15.09.2011, 7 pm*
Preclusion, Void, and Evil
Mehdi Belhaj Kacem (free philosopher, actor, writer, Paris)
Thursday, 22.9.2011, 7 pm*
Nina Power (senior lecturer for philosophy, Roehampton University, London)
Thursday, 29.9.2011, 7 pm*
Tragedy's Philosophy: Philosophy’s Tragedy
Simon Critchley (prof. for philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York)
Thursday, 6.10.2011, 7 pm*
Philosophy and the Concept
Ray Brassier (prof. for philosophy, American University, Beirut)
Thursday, 13.10.2011, 7 pm*
What Is philosophy? Alteration, Complicity, Persistence
Boyan Manchev (prof. for philosophy, New Bulgarian University, Sofia)
Thursday, 20.10.2011, 7 pm*
On the Relation Between Philosophy and Politics
Chantal Mouffe (Prof. für Politische Theorie, University of Westminster, London)
Thursday, 27.10.2011, 7 pm**
"Qu'est-ce que la pilosophie?" vu d'un dehors (la Chine) ou d'une sinophilosophie
François Jullien (prof. for sinology and philosophy, Université Paris Diderot, Paris)
Sunday, 30.10.2011, 7 pm***
Philosophie des Subjekts
Marcus Steinweg (free philosopher, Berlin)
* In English language
** In French language with German translation
*** In German language
Admission free. No booking taken, limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
Curated by Marius Babias
For the n.b.k. Showroom, artist Manfred Pernice develops the "sculptural presentation" von der stange (off-the-rack), in situ and as a walkable cycle of works. For the occasion, ten new sculptures are assembled, each one differently, yet of the same elements—archive materials, sculptural set pieces or parts of earlier works—and the material is re-evaluated in its potentiality. Similar to the method of recycling, Pernice recomposes various materials of various origins for a new aesthetic surplus value and returns them into the context of art, also reproduces them in this context. Through these combinations of "variable elements" not only the versatility of Pernice’s artistic material becomes obvious, but also the artist’s various research interests become visible in the fragments.
Anyone working with sculpture today, according to Pernice, also faces "questions of the day before yesterday." Today, the expanded concept of sculpture embraces photography, film, video and painting as components of sculpture / installation as well as a reflexive practice in relation to the exhibition space and discourses beyond. The simultaneous availability of materials, forms and (art) histories always leads back to classic questions of sculpture: How is something built / formed, which decisions were taken? Manfred Pernice transfers these questions into the presence of the exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein by the use of his post-representational gestures: in the seeming repetition of material and form his "own classicism" is overcome, and yet, the very act of the sculptor stands in the foreground: the making of a three-dimensional space within the space, which for Pernice is always conceived in a site-specific way. Here, too, his own genre is expanded: no matter how much the cycle of works refers to the space, yet, it remains a "space within a space" and "unfinished" through the unfinished, and open in its possibilities and ways of viewing things.
Image: Manfred Pernice, von der stange, 2011, installation view n.b.k.
Photo: n.b.k./Jens Ziehe
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Chausseestraße 128/129 10115 Berlin