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06 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Sade for Sade’s Sake – Paul Chan’s shadow play at Biennale di Venezia 2009


A pun on “art for art’s sake”, the installation presents clear-cut two-dimensional silhouettes against a bright backdrop. The figures are engaging in various kinds of sexual acts, many of which are reminiscent of the eponymous Marquis de Sade’s phantasies.

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03 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Projects: Done – Candida Höfer photography in Leverkusen


Photographer Candida Höfer is interested in the facets of everyday life in industrial, lower-class neighbourhoods on the one hand, and has a keen eye for spectacular angles of deserted architecture, cityscapes or perspective patterns on the other hand.

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24 Jul 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Guests – Krzystof Wodiczko at Biennale di Venezia 2009


Krzystod Wodiczko’s installation becomes gripping and non-trivial because it puts the spectators in a position where they feel that they accidentally eavesdrop on real-life scenes.

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21 Jul 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Haunted Media Art in Dortmund


The show’s title, “Awake are Only the Spirits”, may sound dubious, but it is actually very well selected and always keeps an ironic – however cautiously admiring – distance from its exhibits.

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