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06.05.2015 – Guest Blogger

Hannah Weiner (1928–1997). «I am clairvoyant», Colors, Auras, Fashion, and New Music

Post 2 of 3 by curator Franziska Glozer


«I am clairvoyant»

«I SEE WORDS» – In 1970 Hannah Weiner started to envision auras and fields of energy. In 1972 she also started to perceive words, floating in the air, or perched on her forehead (as seen from the inside), in her surroundings, on walls, on paper, on a dog’s fur coat. In these years she reinvented herself and the meaning of her poetry: I am a clairvoyant. Repeatedly Weiner declared: I SEE WORDS and I am a clairvoyant, celebrating the achievement and artistic method of her self-...

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04.05.2015 – Rahel Blättler

Animationsfilme von Noureddin Zarrinkelk

Ein wichtiger Bestandteil der künstlerischen Praxis von Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh und Hesam Rahmanian ist der Einbezug von Werken Dritter, denen sie hohen Respekt zollen und/oder die sie schamlos aneignen und adaptierten. Nichts und niemand wird verschont, auch nicht die eigene, iranische Kultur. Befasst man sich jedoch eingehend mit ihren Arbeiten, ihrem Denken und ihren Interessen lernt man viel darüber, wie Filmemacher/innen, Cartoonist/innen und Künstler/innen wie Ardeshir Mohasses, Bahman Mohasses, Ali Hatami, Mahmoud Khan Saba oder Noureddin Zarrinkelk die persische Kultur...

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30.04.2015 – Guest Blogger

Terayama Shuji. First Period (1967–1969)

Michael Zimmermann on Theater der Überforderung


Around 1967 when Terayama’s underground theater troupe “Tenjô Sajiki” was formed, economic high-growth-era Japan saw the resurgence of a nationwide protest movement. Groups protesting Japan’s complicit role in the Vietnam War linked up with workers, environmentalists, and radical students. The following years saw a mass of demonstrations – peaceful and violent –, occupations of public squares, train stations and universities (at one point approx. 80% of universities were completely or partly barricaded) and bloody...

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28.04.2015 – Guest Blogger

Hannah Weiner (1928–1997). Code Poems, Street Works / Poetry Events, 0 to 9

Post 1 of 3 by curator Franziska Glozer



In the 1960s many artists felt the call to appropriate the world, draft new visions for the future and engage directly with a society that was saddled by crises. Existing structures were antiquated and the art scene sought renewal through such movements as Minimal Art, Concept Art, Land Art and Performance Art. These new genres were largely related between two poles: Imagination (the abstract idea) and experience (the interaction with a public foreign to art). Still in their conceptual beginnings, p...

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27.04.2015 – Guest Blogger

Stopping the Stoppage

Tenzing Barshee on the exhibition Slice A Slanted Arc Into Dry Paper Sky by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian


This exhibition isn’t fit for the Internet. It's too bulky, tightly staged, inviting you to discover something in every corner. Generosity as a program. Generosity as a currency. Maybe as a signifier of a human element. Who knows. These very familiar halls that have seen many shows before and now suddenly seem to have cast a spirit of otherness. Something is definitely different. It feels like this institution has been stripped of its...

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