March 6, 2015 - TEXTE ZUR KUNST - Issue no. 97: "Bohème/Bohemia"
March 6, 2015

Issue no. 97: "Bohème/Bohemia"

March 2015 / issue no. 97


Issue #97 of Texte zur Kunst takes “Bohemia” as its theme. Tied to fantasies of otherness and the way things were, bohemia is perhaps an embarrassing term to use in 2015. We have chosen it, though, as the tendency persists within the culture sector to speak of some bohemian-like zone, to mine one’s own special context for social capital, cashing in on whatever experiences of marginality or deviance may have transpired therein. But more than just a call for self-reflection, this issue asks us to consider how pre-millennial formations of bohemia may have shifted in recent years: How, for example, has a defense of closed-circuit “undergrounds” given way to an embrace of more porous configurations and to the mainstream as a site for art? Is it true that 20th-century desires of exiting the bourgeois experience of capitalism may have been superseded in recent years by attempts to avoid being evicted from it?

Exile and marginality, network availability, mass- versus subcultural identities, privilege, opting (versus dropping) out—the fading of bohemia’s appeal is no doubt linked in part to a growing preference for the web’s promise of total-connectivity. Though could another factor be at work here too: an underlying sense that perhaps the real displacement and disenfranchisement after which romantic notions of “bohemia” were later formed may again be a very real threat?

Main section (in English and German):
Diedrich Diederichsen
“The Physiognomy of Disenfranchisement: Faces of bohemia at 150″

The Possibility of Life at the Systemic Edge: Three questions for Saskia Sassen

At the End of Alternatives: an interview with Cornelia Koppetsch

Philipp Ekardt
“Fiorucci Made me Normcore: Five observations on art, style, and scenes today”

Douglas Coupland
“Bohemia = Utopia?”

Daniel Keller
“Hottest NEW ALT Marriage Stack Solutions” with paratext and glossary by Ella Plevin

Caroline Busta
“Basic Instinct: Cyber-channels and the female pose”

Stephan Dillemuth
“What’s Your Name, Bohemia?”

The Death of Illusion: an interview with Noura Wedell

Reviews (partial listing)
Kerstin Stakemeier
on Florine Stettheimer at Lenbachhaus, München (German)

Mark von Schlegell
on David Cronenberg’s 2014 film, Maps to the Stars and novel, Consumed (English)

Nick Zedd:
on Greer Lankton at Participant Inc, New York (English)

Susanne Leeb
on recent publications on Otto Mühl’s Friedrichshof Commune (German)

Rachel Haidu
on Robert Gober at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (English)

Christian Naujoks
on Cosima von Bonin at Mumok, Vienna (English)

Hanna Magauer 
on Walead Beshty at Capitain Petzel, Berlin (German)

Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho
on the Taipei Biennial 2014 (English)

Tess Edmonson
on Amalia Ulman at James Fuentes, New York (English)

Beate Söntgen
on Michaela Meise at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (German)

Sophie Goltz
on Lina Bo Bardi at the Architekturmuseum, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (German)

Catherine Chevalier
on Marcel Duchamp at Centre Pompidou, Paris (English)

And more

Plus artists’ editions by:
Tomma Abts
Avery Singer

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