This catalogue is produced to accompany the exhibition 'Conflicting Tales: Subjectivity (Quadrilogy, Part 1)', the opening exhibition of a four-part project by the Burger Collection, held in Berlin from Sep-Dec 2009.
Scenes of conflict and antagonism, scenes of disagreement and discord are motifs for the opening exhibition of the Burger Collection. With this premise, 'Conflicting Tales' engages with subjectivity, not an interior view, but an engagement with the field of tension that opens between the individual and society. Consciousness is posited as a problematic: how does the individual deal with societal ideas, rules, and models? Through what decisions does the individual arrive at the position that he or she ultimately takes vis-A-vis the others? When and why is the individual absorbed in society, and when does he or she resist the social outside?
Selected works by more than 30 contemporary artists of the Burger Collection generate an environment in which these questions can be raised in an exemplary fashion. In so doing, art is not subjected to sociology, but becomes meaningful to the extent that it allows us to observe how subjectivity is formed, influenced, challenged, and perhaps generated within aesthetic processes or phenomena. This is grounded by the premise that aesthetic experience is particularly important wherever moral, political, or historical forces shape and form the site of subjectivity in ways that can only be traced out with difficulty.
Includes plates of artworks, a visual index, author and artist biographies.
Burger Collection Quadrilogy Volume 1: Subjectivity
ISBN / ISSN
Night Between 7th and 8th Day / 27th Week / 2009
- Fiete STOLTE
From Ventriloquism to Ontological Difference - Daniel KURJAKOVIC, Seraina RENZ