“Wir sind ihr / They are us” 

“Wir sind ihr / They are us” 


Image: Endeavour Crater, Mars, 2015. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

March 9, 2017
“Wir sind ihr / They are us” 
March 2017 / issue no. 105 
Instagram / Facebook / Twitter

Subscribe to Texte zur Kunst here.

From its first issue in 1990, Texte zur Kunst has addressed aesthetic developments in tandem with political change. We now take issue #105 “Wir sind ihr/They are us” to more closely consider the nationalist, conservative, and racist ideologies that have recently become more visible across Europe and in the United States. At the core of this issue—which has been advised by Helmut Draxler, Isabelle Graw, and Susanne Leeb—we take stock of various forms of movement, migration, and border politics (of humans, of data, of patrimony, of signs), and the tipping point beyond which liberal institutions are no longer capable of arbitrating “truth.” Conceived prior to the US presidential election, and produced amid the chaos of the new administration’s first weeks, this issue, while providing a cooler, more distant reflection on the moment we’re currently experiencing, also cannot help but stand as a reflection of political-aesthetic thinking at a time so seemingly accelerated that the very terms and events used to discursively engage have several times, during the creation of this issue shifted in meaning overnight.


Main section (in English and German):

“But Who Is ‘They’?”
A roundtable discussion with Manuela Bojadžijev, Nikita Dhawan, and Christoph Menke, moderated by Helmut Draxler, on refugee and migrant flows as a challenge for political thought

“Overcoming Mute Relations, or Thinking with Your Feet”
Angela Melitopoulos in conversation with Susanne Leeb

“The Powers of the False”
Sven Lütticken

“Blondes Have Less Fun”
Caroline Busta 

“Local Time, or the Presence of an Ancient Past”
Susanne Leeb

“Europe’s Borders and the Mobile Undercommons”
Brigitta Kuster

“Timeline of the ‘Alt-Fact’”
Daniel Keller


Reviews (partial listing):

John Kelsey on meditations in an emergency (English)

Ulrike Bergermann on Deutscher Kolonialismus at the Deutschen Historischen Museum, Berlin (German)

Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer on the Feuerle Collection, Berlin (German)

Diedrich Diederichsen on the shifting structure of the Volksbühne, Berlin (German)

Tom McDonough on Adam Curtis’s film HyperNormalisation (English)

Daniel Loick on Donna Haraway’s book Staying with the Trouble. Making Kin in the Chthulucene (German)

Anke Dyes and Anna Voswinckel on Jill Soloway’s TV series I Love Dick (German)

Emily Segal on Cat Marnell’s memoir How to Murder Your Life (English)

Christian Egger on Raymond Pettibon at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (German)

Micaela Durand on Heji Shin at Real Fine Arts, New York (English)

Abbe Schriber on Kerry James Marshall at the Met Breuer, New York (English)

Ben Caton on The Ulm Model at Raven Row, London (English)

Tina Schulz on Willem Oorebeek at Magazin 4, Bregenz (German)


Barbara Weiss (1960–2016) in the words of Monika Baer & John Miller (English), and Andreas Siekmann (German)

John Berger (1960–2017) in the words of Tom Holert (German), and Svetlana Alpers (English)


Plus artists’ editions by:
Joe Bradley
Charline von Heyl

Visit TEXTE ZUR KUNST online at textezurkunst.de.

For editions and other information, please contact:

Strausberger Platz 19 
10243 Berlin 

T +49 (0)30 30 10 45 33 / mail [​at​] textezurkunst.de

RSVP for “Wir sind ihr / They are us” 
March 9, 2017

Thank you for your RSVP.

TEXTE ZUR KUNST will be in touch.


e-flux announcements are emailed press releases for art exhibitions from all over the world.

Agenda delivers news from galleries, art spaces, and publications, while Criticism publishes reviews of exhibitions and books.

Architecture announcements cover current architecture and design projects, symposia, exhibitions, and publications from all over the world.

Film announcements are newsletters about screenings, film festivals, and exhibitions of moving image.

Education announces academic employment opportunities, calls for applications, symposia, publications, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Sign up to receive information about events organized by e-flux at e-flux Screening Room, Bar Laika, or elsewhere.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for your interest in e-flux. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription.