Camera Austria International

114 | 2011

Über das Dokumentarische als politische Praxis / On the Documentary as Political Practice.
Gastredakteur / Guest-editor: Tobias Zielony

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  • REINHARD BRAUN, MAREN LüBBKE-TIDOW, TOBIAS ZIELONY
    Tobias Zielony: I Don’t Believe They Will Disappear …
  • TOBIAS ZIELONY
  • REINHARD BRAUN, AHLAM SHIBLI
    Ahlam Shibli: Objecting to Imposed Invisibility
  • REINHARD BRAUN, DAVID GOLDBLATT
    David Goldblatt: Looking at Our Structures
  • MAREN LÜBBKE-TIDOW, MICHAEL SCHMIDT
    Michael Schmidt: Asking Questions rather than Giving Answers
  • REINHARD BRAUN, HITO STEYERL
    Hito Steyerl: Documentary Practice Is Always Already an Action
  • REINHARD BRAUN, JO RACTLIFFE
    Jo Ractliffe: A Space for Other Images
  • SUSANNE HOLSCHBACH, PEGGY BUTH
    Peggy Buth: Truth Always Also Has the Structure of Fiction
  • JAN WENZEL, ALEXANDER KLUGE
    Alexander Kluge: Gabi Teichert at the Party Confernce of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
  • TOBIAS ZIELONY, PAUL GRAHAM
    Paul Graham: Reframing the Question "How Is the World?"
  • TOBIAS ZIELONY, LAURENCE BONVIN
    Laurence Bonvin: Living Ghost Towns
  • WOLFGANG TILLMANS, MAREN LüBBKE-TIDOW
    Wolfgang Tillmanns: Finding Warmth in This Coldness is the Prop for My New Photos
  • MAREN LüBBKE-TIDOW, PHILIP-LORCA DICORCIA
    Philip-Lorca diCorcia: Since I've Never Told the Truth I Can't Tell a Lie
  • HELGARD HAUG, DANIEL WETZEL
    Rimini Protokoll: Because the Reality of the Encounters Always Newly Overwrites
  • MAREN LüBBKE-TIDOW, RUTI SELA & MAYAAN AMIR
    Ruti Sela & Mayaan Amir: Triggering the production of Ideological Positions
  • MAREN LüBBKE-TIDOW, RENZO MARTENS
    Renzo Martens: We Don't Actually Know What We're Seeing
  • TOBIAS ZIELONY, THOMAS RUFF
    Thomas Ruff: Optical Prostheses
  • TOBIAS ZIELONY, TIMM RAUTERT
    Timm Rautert: Participative Interest
  • KIRSTY BELL, COLLIER SCHORR
    Collier Schorr: The Regularity of Difference
  • TOBIAS ZIELONY, UCHIHARA YASUHIKO
    Uchihara Yasuhiko: The Untaken Photos
  • SABINE SPILLES, LARRY FINK
    Larry Fink: The Notion of Empathy
  • WALID SADEK
    A Time to See 2/4 The Present of Seeing Eyes

Preface

For this edition we invited th e photo artist Tobias Zielony to explore the question of the documentary as political practice with us as guest editor. The world seems to have become photographic, but “the more uninhibited its distribution, the more manifold its forms, the more powerful its effect, the more the image is, the images are, suspected of being deceptive” (Jean-Luc Nancy). What does this suspicion mean for the idea that images could propose a different space of the social and the political, which does not merely promote a penchant for the sensational and for disasters, but which also enables an eventfulness of the image, which undermines the predominant conventions of representation and represses the chattering spectres of mass media? Perhaps it is therefore more necessary than ever to ask about the current strategies of contemporary photo artists and filmmakers, who still remain orientated to specific social realities that still seem to be based on a concept or a notion of the documentary and that could still open up a different space for image politics.
We pursued these questions in 20 short interviews with international photo artists and filmmakers, thus highlighting different documentary approaches, which we pose for negotiation at the same time, as the actualisation of a critical debate about the documentary in the field of the visual itself. “Following the ‘return of the real’, which was already stated for the 1990s, it seems that it is time to pose the question of the critique of representation anew” (Susanne Holschbach in conversation with the artist Peggy Buth).
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Camera Austria International 114 | 2011
Preface

For this edition we invited th e photo artist Tobias Zielony to explore the question of the documentary as political practice with us as guest editor. The world seems to have become photographic, but “the more uninhibited its distribution, the more manifold its forms, the more powerful its effect, the more the image is, the images are, suspected of being deceptive” (Jean-Luc Nancy). What does this suspicion mean for the idea that images could propose a different space of the social and the political, which does not merely promote a penchant for the sensational and for disasters, but which also enables an eventfulness of the image, which undermines the predominant conventions of representation and represses the chattering spectres of mass media? Perhaps it is therefore more necessary than ever to ask about the current strategies of contemporary photo artists and filmmakers, who still remain orientated to specific social realities that still seem to be based on a concept or a notion of the documentary and that could still open up a different space for image politics. We pursued these questions in 20 short interviews with international photo artists and filmmakers, thus highlighting different documentary approaches, which we pose for negotiation at the same time, as the actualisation of a critical debate about the documentary in the field of the visual itself. “Following the ‘return of the real’, which was already stated for the 1990s, it seems that it is time to pose the question of the critique of representation anew” (Susanne Holschbach in conversation with the artist Peggy Buth).
In his own artistic work Tobias Zielony, with whom we developed the questions of this edition together along with the selection of artistic positions assembled here, always links social reality with spaces and actors, i.e. with the fields of agency of social individuals. But which image does his documentary practice then draw of these social individuals, with whom he—temporarily—shares a common space? Tobias Zielony has become well known in recent years with series about young people from Europe and the US; his pictures exemplify questioning the subject production of documentary photographic images, questioning w hat photography still does with the people it depicts. In March this year we had a discussion with ­Tobias Zielony about these and other questions, of which excerpts are published here along with a selection from the current series “Manitoba” (2009), which will be shown in the Camera Austria exhibition rooms in a solo show beginning in July 2011.
The focus of this issue is expanded with the second part of the column by Walid Sadek: “The Present of Seeing Eyes” as a reflection on the appropriation of the body by seeing, which in the moment of death turns out to be the exhausted temporality of seeing. Reading this together with the documentary results in questions about duration, the gaze and bodies, and on seeing as a social practice.
The many different and international voices that speak up here have led us to postpone the planned Forum until the next issue. However, we have taken this special and polyphonic issue of ­Camera Austria International as an occasion to offer you an expanded distribution, so that you can now obtain our magazine from over 700 further sales locations in addition to specialised bookshops. We would also be very pleased to be able to meet you in person at our fair booth at Art Basel.

Maren Lübbke-Tidow, Reinhard Braun, Tobias Zielony
June 2011

Entries

Exhibitions

Aernout Mik: Communitas
Jeu de Paume, Paris
Museum Folkwang, Essen
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
CHRISTA BLÜMLINGER

The Otolith Group: Thoughtform
MACBA, Barcelona
Ibon Aranberri: Organigramma
Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona
1979, a Monument to Radical Moments
La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona
ALBERTO MARTÍN

Stefan Panhans: Wann kommt eigentlich der Mond raus?
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen.
JULIA GWENDOLYN SCHNEIDER

Paul Graham: Photographs 1981–2006
MARTIN HERBERT

A Hard, Merciless Light: The Worker-Photography Movement, 1926–1939
Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
RUDOLF STUMBERGER

Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960
MoMA, New York
RACHEL BAUM

FotoSkulptur. Die Fotografie der Skulptur bis heute
MoMA, New York,
Kunsthaus Zürich
THILO KOENIG

Dislocación. Kulturelle Verortung in Zeiten der Globalisierung
Kunstmuseum Bern
SØNKE GAU

unExhibit
Generali Foundation, Wien
CHRISTIAN HÖLLER

Yto Barrada: Riffs
Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
REINHILD FELDHAUS

Miki Kratsman: all about us
Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal
GISLIND NABAKOWSKI

Manfred Willmann: Arbeit
SANDRA KRIŽIĆ ROBAN

Inés Lombardi: Past Present – Close and Distant
MANISHA JOTHADY

Nadim Vardag
TANJA GASSLER

Martin Bilinovac: Exposure
DANIELA BILLNER

Books

Das Verschwinden der Revolution in der Renovierung. 
Die Geschichte der Gropius-Siedlung Dessau-Törten
Gebrüder Mann Verlag, Berlin 2011
JOCHEN BECKER

Joanna Rajkowska, Sebastian Cichocki: Dogs from Üsküdar
Fundacja Sztuk Wizualnych / Foundation for Visual Arts, Krakow 2011
KRZYSTOF PIJARSKI

Joanna Rajkowska, Sebastian Cichocki: Dogs from Üsküdar
Fundacja Sztuk Wizualnych / Foundation for Visual Arts, Krakow 2011
SEBASTIAN CICHOCKI

The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists
KIRSTY BELL

Sandra Krizic-Roban: At Second Glance. 
Positions of Contemporary Croation Photography
Institute of Art History and UI-2M plus, Zagreb 2010
WALTER SEIDL

Imprint

Publisher: Reinhard Braun
Owner: Verein CAMERA AUSTRIA. Labor für Fotografie und Theorie. Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz, Österreich

Editor-in-chief: Maren Lübbke-Tidow (V.i.S.d.P.)
Editors: Margit Neuhold, Sabine Spilles

English proofreading: Dawn Michelle d´Atri, Aileen Derieg
Translators: Dawn Michelle d´Atri, Aileen Derieg, Andy Jelcic, Caroline Elder, Wilfried Prantner, Josephine Watson

Dank / Acknowledgements:
Jens Asthoff, Kirsty Bell, Ariane Beyn, Laurence Bonvin, Annett Busch, Peggy Buth, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Laurie Cluitmans, TJ Demos, Justine Durrett, Larry Fink, Anna-Catherina Gebbers, Paul Graham, Simon Greenberg, David Goldblatt, Hans-Jürgen Hafner, Susanne Holschbach, Bertram Keller, Kai Kolblitz, Alexander Kluge, Sharon Lockhart, Frederico Martelli, Renzo Martens, Timm Rautert, Jo Ractliffe, Jorge Ribalta, Rimini Protokoll, Thomas Ruff, Michael Schmidt, Collier Schorr, Hanna Schouwink, Walid Sadek, Ruti Sela & Mayaan Amir, Melanie Ohnemus, Marie Röbl, Alexandra Schott, Ahlam Shibli, Hito Steyerl, Nadja Talmi, Ben Thornborough, Wolfgang Tillmans, Helmut Weber, Jan Wenzel, Beata Wiggen, Peter Yardley, Uchihara Yasuhiko, Kai Yoshiaki, Tobias Zielony

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ISBN     978-3-900508-88-3
ISSN     1015 1915
GTIN     4 19 23106 1600 5 00114