Camera Austria International

88 | 2004

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  • KIRSTY BELL
    Aleksandra Mir
  • ALEKSANDRA MIR
  • EKATERINA DEGOT
    Newcomers to the Society of Spectacle
  • Newcomers to the Society of Spectacle
  • MARINA GRŽINIĆ
    Carlos Aires: Dark Tales from the Dark Room
  • CARLOS AIRES
  • REINHARD BRAUN
    Markus Schinwald: Images as Experimental Set-Ups
  • MARKUS SCHINWALD
  • TOM HOLERT
    Mass-Media Acts (1)

Preface

Among other things, we have always seen our magazine as a forum, a theoretical and extra-artistic approach to reflecting on the social use of images, above and beyond questions inherent in the media. Most recently, Krystian Woznicki focused on the “Aesthetics of Globalisation” in our magazine for one year (2002/2003). As of this issue, Tom Holert starts his four-part series of essays “Mass-media acts: On visual programming of the political space”, in which he sets out to “theorize spaces of political action as image spaces”.

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Camera Austria International 88 | 2004
Preface

Among other things, we have always seen our magazine as a forum, a theoretical and extra-artistic approach to reflecting on the social use of images, above and beyond questions inherent in the media. Most recently, Krystian Woznicki focused on the “Aesthetics of Globalisation” in our magazine for one year (2002/2003). As of this issue, Tom Holert starts his four-part series of essays “Mass-media acts: On visual programming of the political space”, in which he sets out to “theorize spaces of political action as image spaces”.

Markus Schinwald, Aleksandra Mir and Carlos Aires are the artists presented in our monographic features. Aleksandra Mir, who has no studio practice in the real sense and who works above all on the basis of specific projects in different media that lend themselves best to the particular idea, produces works that scrutinise the unique context of creation without conveying a “prefabricated message”.
With regard to her (dancing course) experiences in Mexico City, that she presents in her contribution for this issue, Aleksandra Mir notes that “being new in a class and not fitting in is probably one of the most common human experiences of alienation”, whereas in this context Markus Schinwald is most likely interested in the physical (self) adjustments that Mir surrenders to here as part of social coexistence. As we will read, “Markus Schinwald’s works seem to take up and raise, to actualize and, above all, to contextualise complexes of subjects pertaining to the body as a cultural construct”.

With regard to the photos of Carlos Aires, who will feature at the group exhibition “Double Check” presented by Camera Austria from February 5 to March 23, 2005, Marina Grzinic observes that they are connected to “forms of protest against contemporary urban conditions of work and life. “Aires’ work – like that of Aleksandra Mir and Markus Schinwald – is concerned with breaking up the contradiction between high and low culture.

In her contribution, “Newcomers in the world of spectacle”, finally, Ekaterina Degot recapitulates the last twenty years of contemporary Russian art production in view of the changed self-image of artists in a post-communist society; she presents Boris Michailov (cf. Camera Austria no. 42/1993 and no. 43/44/1993), Igor Muchin, Sergej Bratkov and Olga Chernysheva along with the groups AES + F, Factory of Found Clothes and Blue Noses, important exponents of contemporary Russian photography, video and performance art.

Contrary to our usual practice, but among other things in view of explosive politico-cultural events, we have invited three external authors to comment briefly on the situation for us in our news section: Urte Helduser writes about the presentation of the Nobel prize for literature to the Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek and about reactions in the German-speaking arts supplements; Elvira Pichler discusses the opening of the Flick Collection at the Hamburger Bahnhof last autumn in Berlin; and Kathrin Busch has written an obituary to Jacques Derrida for us.

The issue is rounded off, as always, with the section Forum – in which we showcase young artists and a selection of their work to a wider public for the first time – and numerous critical exhibition and book reviews and a list of the latest recommended new publications focusing on contemporary artistic photography.

Christine Frisinghelli

Entries

Forum

URSULA PALETTA

MIRIAM SCHÄNKE

ANDREAS HAGENBACH

SILVIA MICHELI

BERNADETTE FELBER

JOHANNES SEYERLEIN

DANNY TREACY

ATSUKO NAGANUMA

Exhibitions

The Future Has a Silver Lining. Genealogies of Glamour
Migros Museum, Zürich
DANIEL BAUMANN

Josef Kramhöller
Kunstverein, Düsseldorf
HANS-JÜRGEN HAFNER

Aktuelle Ausstellungen in Wien
NINA SCHEDLMAYER

Call Me Istanbul ist mein Name / Berlin – Istanbul. Vice Versa
KRYSTIAN WOZNICKI

1. Lodz Biennale
NINA SCHEDLMAYER

Alternatives Krisenmanagement. Steirischer herbst 2004
LUISA ZIAJA

Baudrillard und die Künste. Eine Hommage zu seinem 75. Geburtstag
GISLIND NABAKOWSKI

Inconvenient Evidence: Iraqui Prison Photographs from Abu Ghraib
CARLO MCCORMICK

Morgen ist auch noch ein Tag. Utopia Station
Haus der Kunst, München
HIAS WRBA

Robert Smithson
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
SANDRA WAGNER

Peter Weibel: Das offene Werk 1964 – 1979
Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
MAREN LÜBBKE-TIDOW

Printemps de Septembre 2004. Rendez-vous des images contemporaines
Toulouse
JÖRG BADER

Ciny Sherman: Clowns
Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
KERSTIN BRANDES

Double Exposure. William Eggleston & Wilmar Koenig
NBK, Berlin
CAROLIN FÖRSTER

Saskia Olde Wolbers
Interim Art, London
ROY EXLEY

Books

Fehler der Fotografie. Clément Chéroux: Fautographie
Editions Yellow Now, Crisné
HERTA WOLF

Carmela Garcia: Women, Love & Lies
Colleccion Foto, Madrid
SALLY STEIN

Imprint

Publisher: Manfred Willmann. Owner: Verein CAMERA AUSTRIA, Labor für Fotografie und Theorie
All: Lendkai 1, A-8020 Graz

Editors Graz: Reinhard Braun, Christine Frisinghelli, Manisha Jothady
Editor Berlin: Maren Lübbke-Tidow

Copy editing: Marie Röbl
Translations: Wilfried Prantner, Richard Watts