Radical Passivity: Politics of the Flesh
aLifveForms (cared for by J.P. Raether), Oliver Husain/ Kerstin Schroedinger, Jeroen Jacobs, KAYA (with N.O. Madski), Henrik Olesen, Paul Thek, Wu Tsang u.a.
curated by Kathrin Busch & Ilse Laferopening hours:
Mi–So 14:00–17:00 UhrVenue:HGB gallery
The gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig is realizing an exhibition project dedicated to new forms of sensibility and corporeality in the arts. The themes range from discussions of the idea of a new digital corporeality to questions of the social shaping of a no-longer subject-centred sensitivity.
The exhibition takes its cue from Paul B. Preciado’s biopolitical theory that the form of power in today’s society is 'pharmacopornographic': the way humans are subjectivized, he claims, operates on one level via pharmaceuticals (i.e. medicines, hormones, stimulants, tranquilizers, narcotics, etc.). On another level, today’s form of power functions via arousal, meaning not only the porn industry but also other social mechanisms that obey the masturbatory logic of 'arousal – frustration – arousal'. These regulatory mechanisms are applied to the sensitive flesh in its nervous exposure, sensibility and vulnerability.
The artworks in the show highlight the links between power, illness, sex, excessive sensitivity and art. They focus attention on the involuntary and the obsolete, and question politics of affect-based address. As well as works from the 1960s and 1980s, the exhibition features mainly contemporary work addressing those areas in art and life that are not subject to choice, outside the individual’s scope for action. Frailty, ageing, exhaustion and mortality, but also birth, vulnerability and the capacity for arousal are understood here as phenomena of radical passivity, as an artistic critique of the supposedly governability of corporeal being.
A variant of the exhibition is shown at nGbK Berlin from 12.09. to 01.11.2020.