Teachers and Employees

Denzer, Ricarda Sen.Lect. Mag.art.

Speech Acts
group exhibition
Fine Arts
The focus of “Speech Acts” is not on the mass democratic phenomena of recent years, for instance political protests or revolutionary speeches. Instead, it is on personal conversations and interviews in which a political stance is manifested. The artistic contributions reflect speaking and listening, encounter and perception – the aim is to make legible the immediacy of political thought and action, that is not always readily apparent. The exhibition takes off from Hannah Arendt’s paradigm of “action” as one of three basic human activities. Unlike “work” and “labor”, Arendt sees “action” as interaction that directs individual coexistence so as to reveal the uniqueness, difference and plurality of human beings. Action is thus constitutive of the political, essentially consisting of speaking, communicating and exchanging information. For Arendt, “finding the right word at the right moment” is in itself action. What strategies of artistic translation can make such actions and the immediacy of language tangible without following conventional documentarisms or hegemonic historiography?
Ricarda Denzer
date, opening and location
2015-09-26 – 2015-10-18
Graz (Österreich)
location description
Steirischer Herbst Forum Stadtpark