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09 август 2007

Fwd: What now is the role of the artist?



08/08/07 e-flux.com

Utopia Station / Le Monde Diplomatique


Detail of The Map of Friendship between Art and Philosophy
by Thomas Hirschhorn and Marcus Steinweg







Utopia Station
Le Monde Diplomatique
August 2007





It is possible that we are in the process of experiencing a new relationship between art and practice. Alarm clocks ring sixty seconds every minute, works of art follow reality, again calling for a hundred flowers to appear, things fall apart. The arts are entering the space outside themselves, looking hard to the future. It is an all-out search. Many see a state of emergency. What now is the role of the artist?

This question cannot be answered abstractly. The effort to answer concretely has led to a centerfold. It begins a collaboration between Utopia Station and Le Monde Diplomatique.

In the centerfold of the August issue of Le Monde Diplomatique, you will find a Utopia Station. It has been given over to the artist Thomas Hirschhorn, who in turn has invited the philosopher Marcus Steinweg to collaborate on a map. Their Map of Friendship is founded on a handshake.

Like an open site, the page extends beyond the hand; it deepens. Passages appear. Like any map, they give the main lines, main roads, links, an orientation, and then accept the fact that the small details will blur, since in reality no map attains a 1:1 ratio. This world does not belong to Borges. Reality is always bigger than the map. Look carefully and you will see blood. The artist and the philosopher make their contribution to a situation in which they know full well that they are neither first nor last.

This page is a Station but it is also an object designed to be taken away, to enter other spaces, to be used. Think of it as a reality. Think of it as a step, a work-in-progress.

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