September 4, 2015 - TEXTE ZUR KUNST - Issue no. 99: "Photography"
September 4, 2015

Issue no. 99: "Photography"

September 2015 / issue no. 99

“Fotografie / Photography”

Decades following the rise of computer aided design and the aesthetic-theoretical debates that coincided, it might seem late, at this point, to place a spotlight on photography. After all, hardly anyone defends photography’s loyalty to the analog index anymore, or mourns the medium specificities of centuries past. And yet, who can dispute that the photograph has become the primary base for establishing identity now, for cohering a social body; one that, as the substrate across which today’s human subject is drawn, stands as, in a sense, our material support? It is with this perspective that Texte zur Kunst takes on “photography” as its theme for issue 99. 

And indeed, as the image’s gaze has become omnipresent, it is perhaps prime time to ask how we now understand photo-media to operate; what information we expect it to carry; what facts we trust it to convey. This issue is not a survey of new photography, but rather, a consideration of what exactly the form might mediate now, and as it locates and profiles us into seeming oblivion, what exactly, photography might take us to be?

Main section (in German and English):
“Lost Traces of Life” 
Benjamin Buchloh & Isabelle Graw in conversation on indexicality in analog and digital photography

Loretta Fahrenholz

Robin Kelsey
“Photography, Lacan, and the Genius of Jeff Koons”

Peter Osborne
“The Distributed Image” 

Anna Gaskell
“Life in the System”

Timur Si-Qin
“True Lies”

Michael Hagner
“The Photobook, Post-Digital”

Clemens Jahn
“Photography after Photography after Photography”

Seth Price
“Lecture on the Extra Part”

Image spread:
Benjamin Asam Kellogg 

Short Cuts: 
4 takes on the 56th Venice Biennale (German/English)
by Helmut Draxler, Susanne von Falkenhausen, Amy Sillman, and Hong Zeiss 

New Development: 
Michael Wang on the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris 
Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho on the Fondazione Prada, Milan 
Nikoloz Japaradize with Natasha Randall on the Garage Museum, Moscow 

Reviews (partial listing):
Christian Kravagna 
on Achille Mbembe’s Kritik der schwarzen Vernunft (German)

Thomas Beard
on Boyd McDonald’s Cruising the Movies: A Sexual Guide to “Oldies” on TV

Kerstin Stakemeier 
on Mark Leckey at Haus der Kunst, Munich (German)

Nuit Banai
on Josef Strau at Secession, Vienna 

Nina Franz
on Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (German)

Dan Mitchell
on Gili Tal at Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn 

Alexander García Düttmann 
on De La Fuente Oscar De Franco at Helmhaus, Zurich (German)

Carson Chan
on Britta Thie’s Translantics

Michael Kral
on Pierre Bismuth at Galerie Jan Mot, Brussels (German)

Lawrence Weiner remembers Dorothee Fischer

Plus artists’ editions by:
Klara Lidén
Josephine Pryde
Thomas Struth

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