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Tom Holert: „ca. 1972“

Event Label
Book presentation
Organisational Units
Art Theory and Cultural Studies
Location Address (1)
Schillerplatz 3
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1010 Vienna
Location Room (1)

Book presentation with Tom Holert, organised by Sabeth Buchmann and Jens Kastner, Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies.

Not another annual monograph. No grand theses about caesura and new beginnings. No attempt to approach the present by way of a selected past. Instead: Digressions, wanderings and excursions on the fringes of history. Understood in this way, "ca. 1972" is the name of a chronotopos in the shadow of the political processes and cultural upheavals of the long 1960s. Decolonization, the black civil rights movement, May 1968, the sexual revolution and other emancipatory projects seemed to have failed "ca. 1972" because of their contradictions. But is that the whole truth? As exhausted as the technocratic ideology of progress and the radical euphoria of post-war modernism may have seemed, some contemporaries experienced a present in which they could once again "connect everything". In order to do justice to the complexities of this constellation of exhaustion and exhilaration, this book avoids completeness or balance. Images and people, texts and sounds point the way through a nervous space-time constellation. But they do not support the illusion of orientation. And that is already one of the components of the "method" called "ca. 1972".