#42 Winter 2014
Almost two hundred pages, centered on one topic: "Forgetting". Where does the sense of the ahistorical come from in many recent works, in particular those associated with post-Internet art? Why do younger artists openly admit that they don't think (art) history is all that important to their work?
Artist Hito Steyerl, the New York-based collective DIS, and the art historian Susanne von Falkenhausen discuss the radical changes happening to art in consequence of the acceleration of flows of images, money, and data. The curator Kasper König talks about the market as a memory machine, the cultural theorist Mark Fisher writes on the disappearance of the present. In one of his rare interviews, Oswald Wiener talks about cybernetics and the standstill of art and science. Spike profiles the LA artist Samara Golden, and takes a new look at the Conceptual art pioneer On Kawara. In addition, Karen Kilimnik, Johannes Wohnseifer, Tom Burr, and others offer visual forms of engagement with the idea of forgetting.
When the Vienna Actionists urinated, masturbated, and vomited at an event titled “Art and Revolution” in Vienna University’s Lecture Hall 1 in 1968, the proceedings were accompanied by a lecture on the relationship between speech and thought by the then thirty-two-year-old Oswald Wiener. One year later his literary montage die verbesserung von mitteleuropa, roman (the improvement of central europe, a novel) was published. With its excurses on linguistics and cybernetics, it now reads as an astonishing foreshadowing of the Internet and virtual reality. Later, Wiener turned to the figure of the dandy, who maintains his difference from machines by cultivating a practice of self-observation. Hans-Christian Dany visited him at his home in southeast Austria to talk about the peculiar standstill of art and science in the digital age.