February 8, 2008 - Kölnischer Kunstverein - Concepts of Love
February 8, 2008

Concepts of Love

Concepts of Love
Group exhibition

February 9 – March 30, 2008

Die Brücke – Hahnenstraße 6
50667 Cologne
Tuesday to Friday 1 to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday 12am-6pm
info [​at​] koelnischerkunstverein.de


With Gerry Bibby, Bless, Keren Cytter, Ekkehard Ehlers, Stephan Geene, Frauke Gust, Judith Hopf, Francesca Lacatena, Henrik Olesen, Monika Rinck, de Rijke/de Rooij, Jörg Rode, Deborah Schamoni, Klaus Theweleit, Florian Zeyfang invited by Judith Hopf, Kathrin Jentjens and Anja Nathan-Dorn

Concepts of Love is an exhibition that pursues artistic discourses, productions and discussions thematising or – more precisely – thinking proactively the experience of „falling in love“ as a radical form of movement.

The experience of “falling in love” cannot be drawn up as it lies beyond rational options of resolution. But love itself is not seen as irrational. It is linked with uncountable political, aesthetical and desire-related projections, compositions and concepts. The lovers’ talks, products and analyses of these love concepts stand for the most part in contrast with a capitalistic logic of reference. They might be stoked up, inhibited, manipulated, or psychoanalytically explained but cannot possibly be “calculated” in a success-oriented way. Only when the lovers succeed in accepting the difference between each other or when he/she is able to – as author Monika Rinck words it – “think the You beyond the I” can love take effect.

If one follows for example the theses and experiences of Roland Barthes, hypersensibility, transgression, prodigality, acceleration and deceleration as well as unforeseeable agitations against the functionalization and instrumentalisation of the subject are common acts and experiences of lovers. The inability to “please oneself (and fall) in love” and to adjust to the conditions and demands of everyday and of working life is not regarded as a weakness but instead is deliberately seen as (a likewise political) strength. In spite of lovelorn blindness, one is able to see clearly, reaches most tender insights and acts radically and – in social consensus – mostly incorrect.

Starting point for Concepts of love is the work of Judith Hopf with whom we developed the exhibition. The question of the impulse and social sense of a possible productivity that can – or cannot – be communicated and negotiated in polity plays an important role in her works. Along with her own works, a large number of co-productions came into being, some of which, like for example the video Bei mir zu dir (tv.Low-dunkel), 2005, realized by Hopf and Stephan Geene or Elevator Curator, 2005, and Hospital Bone Dance, 2006 which Hopf produced together with Deborah Schamoni will be shown. With the works of Bless, Gerry Bibby, de Rijke/de Roij Eckehard Ehlers and Jörg Rode, Francesca Lacatena and Florian Zeyfang, Concepts of love is an exhibition showing different attempts to find a language for these movements of love. In terms of a moment of intensification and dissipation, artist such as Keren Cytter and Henrik Olesen will develop own satellites or small universes within the exhibition. A lecture by Klaus Theweleit and a reading by author Monika Rinck will expand the array of events within Concepts of love. A catalogue is forthcoming.

So the question is – for more than four thousand years: Is Eros love for nothing or for something?
Frauke Gust and Judith Hopf, L’s Karte, radio play

Accompanying Programme Lecture: Klaus Theweleit Liebesinszenierungen in Andy Warhols Factory, March 7th, 2008 6 pm. Klaus Theweleit, author of Männerphantasien (Male Fantasies) and Das Buch der Könige (Book of Kings), will talk about the staging of love in Andy Warhol’s Factory and the paintings that emanated therefrom. Theweleit’s book Objektwahl, All You Need is Love! shows likewise his fine view on why and how people turn towards each other.

Reading: Monika Rinck Ah, das Love-Ding March 8, 2008 at 8 pm. What happens when people do something together? “In her poetic essay, Berlin lyricist Monika Rinck writes in such a breathtakingly inventive style that one almost forgets that it is a theoretical text” (Denis Scheck). The reading takes place in cooperation with lit.Cologne.

Filmprogramme curated and organized by the Filmclub 813
Sa, 9.2. , 8 pm Un Chien Andalou (F 1928) and L’Age d’Or (F 1930, both by Luis Bunuel)
So, 10.2., 8 pm Vivre sa vie (France 1962, by Jean-Luc Godard)
Sa, 23.2. , 8 pm Toute une nuit (Belgium 1982, by Chantal Akerman)
So, 16.3. , 8 pm Die Geliebte des Französischen Leutnants (UK 1981, by Kare Reisz)

Concepts of love was realised with kind support by Kunststiftung NRW and HDI Gerling.

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