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Burger Collection published Conflicting Tales: Subjectivity  in 2009. The publication engenders the discursive context for the exhibition with its more than 35 artists, a context mainly dealing with the aesthetic key term subjectivity. Conflicting Tales kicks off with essays by a generation of younger critics, writers and philosophers such as Manuel Cirauqui, Daniel Kurjaković, Robert Pfaller, and Jörg Volbers about the intricacies and paradoxes of contemporary subjectivity. Additionally, up and coming researchers and new voices in art theory and art history engage in a discussion about the complex and stimulating relationship between artworks and theoretical discourse.

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Bibliographical Data

Conflicting Tales: Subjectivity
Edited by Daniel Kurjaković

Authors — Manuela Ammer, Manuel Cirauqui, Berni Doessegger, Michael Gnehm, Daniel Kurjaković, Catrin Misselhorn, Stefan Neuner, Robert Pfaller, Seraina Renz, Beate Söntgen, Jörg Volbers, Frédéric Wecker, Giovanna Zapperi
Edition — 2,500
Language — English and original languages (German, French, Spanish)
Publication date — 1 September 2009

Hardcover, 228 pages, full color images
Published by Burger Collection and JRP | Ringier, Zurich
€ 40 / CHF 60 / £ 35 / $ 55
ISBN 978-3-03764-070-8

Available to purchase in print via www.jrp-ringier.com


Manuela Ammer is a critic and curator based in Vienna. Currently she is preparing the exhibitions See this Sound—Versprechungen von Bild und Ton (Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz 2009) and Changing Channels: Zwischen Museum und Massenmedium—Kunst und Fernsehen 1963-1987 (MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna 2010). Her essays have been published in Texte zur Kunst, Parkett and Springerin amongst others.

Manuel Cirauqui is a writer and independent curator based in Paris. His most recent exhibition projects include Agusti Centelles (Jeu de Paume, Paris 2009) and Jordi Colomer (Jeu de Paume, Paris 2008). He has undertaken numerous written collaborations with artists. The latest, entitled “An Inquiry on Chaos,” is carried out throughout 2009. He collaborates regularly with magazines such as 20/27, Le Magazine Double, Kaiserin, Lapiz, Latinart.com and Kaleidoscope.

Berni Doessegger is a philosopher, writer, music theorist, co-editor of p-r-o-x-y.ch and guest lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts. He lives in Zurich.

Catrin Misselhorn is research assistant at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tübingen. In 2003 she received her PhD with the thesis “Wirkliche Möglichkeiten – Mögliche Wirklichkeiten. Grundriss einer Theorie modaler Rechtfertigung.” Other publications include “Ästhetische Erfahrung und die Perspektive der ersten Person,” in Anatomie der Subjektivität (Frankfurt 2005) and “Ist Schönheit ein Gefühl?,” in per.SPICE! Wirklichkeit und Relativität des Ästhetischen (Berlin 2009).

Stefan Neuner is research assistant at the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich, as well as research assistant at the Institute for Critical Theory, Zurich University of the Arts. His recent publications include Maskierung der Malerei. Jasper Johns nach Willem de Kooning (Munich 2008) and Bilder und Gemeinschaften (ed. with Beate Fricke and Markus Klammer, Munich 2009).

Robert Pfaller teaches philosophy and cultural studies at the University for Art and Industrial Design Linz and at the Vienna University of Technology. He has been a guest lecturer in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Oslo, Strasbourg and Zurich. His recent publications include Das schmutzige Heilige und die reine Vernunft. Symptome der Gegenwartskultur (Frankfurt a.M. 2008) and Ästhetik der Interpassivität (Hamburg 2009).

Beate Söntgen is professor of art history at Ruhr University of Bochum. She was Laurenz Professor for Contemporary Art at the University of Basel and contributed to exhibitions such as Matisse—Figur Farbe Raum (K20, Düsseldorf). She is the author of several publications on art and art theory and her current research project is entitled Interieur – Von der Zugänglichkeit des Bildes in Barock und Moderne.

Jörg Volbers is research assistant at the Institute for Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin. He works on theories of the practice and the body, as well as on the critique of reason and on skepticism. He recently published Selbsterkenntnis und Lebensform. Kritische Subjektivität nach Wittgenstein und Foucault (Bielefeld 2009).

Frédéric Wecker is a critic and editor. He is the chief editor of the contemporary art magazine art 21 he founded in 2005. In 2003 Wecker initiated the Revue francophone d’esthétique, together with Jean-Pierre Cometti, Jacques Morizot and Roger Pouivet, to promote analytical aesthetics in France.

Giovanna Zapperi is an art historian. She is currently research associate at EHESS, Paris. She taught at Université de Tours, Sciences-Po in Paris and as Rudolf Arnheim Guest Professor, at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2009 she was Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Nantes. She worked on the avant-gardes of the 1910s, on feminism and on contemporary art. Her book Marcel Duchamp et son image. Le rôle de l’artiste dans la culture de masse, is forthcoming in 2010.

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