documenta, regarded as the most important exhibition of contemporary art worldwide, takes place in Kassel, Germany, every five years.
This year, ArchNet
members are invited to take part in a unique forum to discuss the exhibition's
chosen leitmotifs, or themes, selected by artistic director Roger Buergel.
Please note: ArchNet member responses to this discussion forum may be
republished online or in print in documenta publications. If so, ArchNet will send you a copyright release form.
Certain projects and discussion forum threads within ArchNet may provoke our community's
critical engagement with emergent themes and debates in the visual arts:
What is bare life?
This question underscores the vulnerability and exposure of being. Bare life
deals with that part of our existence from which no measure of security will
ever protect us. But, as in sexuality, absolute exposure is connected with
infinite pleasure. There is an apocalyptic and obviously political dimension to
bare life (brought out by torture and the concentration camp).
however, also a lyrical or even ecstatic dimension to it, a freedom for new
and unexpected possibilities (in human relations as well as in our relationship
to nature or, more generally, the world in which we live).
Here and there, art
dissolves the radical separation between painful subjection and joyous
liberation. But what does that mean for its audiences?
The following sites in the ArchNet Digital Library may provide food for thought. Please comment within this discussion forum thread.
Discussion Thread: Paris Riots
Discussion Thread: Karachi's Leftover Spaces
Discussion Thread: Anti-Social Urban Spaces
Digital Library Site: Gecekondu
Digital Library Site: Tree House, Ethiopia
Digital Library Site: Sultan Qala'un Hospice, Jerusalem