Marcellvs L. & Marcus Steinweg at Tanzquartier Wien | 02 Nov 2012 18h (10/11/2012)
Marcus Steinweg (D) Praxis versus Theorie
Perhaps what connects art with philosophy is the fact that it is a thinking that wants to be practice, not just theory. Perhaps philosophy is the complication of this all too simple opposite, practice versus theory. Not only because theory implies action but also because every action – implicitly or explicitly – corresponds to a theory. Resistance against theory has to be double resistance: resistance against a concept of theory without a performative dimension on the one hand; resistance against a concept of practice or performativity that ignores its theoretical implications on the other hand. Art and philosophy are connected in articulating this dual resistance by turning to the inconsistent parts of the constitutive reality (of our »world«) in order to subject the established model of reality to both practical and theoretical destabilisation.
Marcellvs L. (BR) Inkonsistenzen
Art operates on the dividing line between the presence and absence, the consistency and inconsistency of reality. It indicates the space of indecision between 0 and 1 or put philosophically, between nothing and reality. Obviously it is a question of withdrawing trust in the established model of reality. Reality is perhaps nothing more than a theory: a fiction with a truth value. As with any construct, with this it is a question of an architecture floating over the abyss of ontological inconsistency – over chaos, as Deleuze and Guattari put it.
Marcellvs L. at n.b.K. | Kunst und Philosophie (06/24/2011)
Apparently, there is a friendship between art and philosophy. As with every friendship, articulating a certain difference is part of it. Art and philosophy are not the same. But the difference already passes through the concept of art and philosophy itself. Perhaps art and philosophy are connected by the fact that art generates a singular concept of art, and philosophy its own conception of philosophy. The exhibition invites artists to define for themselves a relation to philosophy: from the perspective and with the means of artistic articulation.
Artists: João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Swantje Hielscher, Thomas Hirschhorn, Bethan Huws, Kitty Kraus, Marcellvs L., Christian Schwarzwald, Richard Wright, Haegue Yang
Philosophers: Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Ray Brassier, Simon Critchley, François Jullien, Catherine Malabou, Boyan Manchev, Achille Mbembe, Chantal Mouffe, Nina Power, et al.