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OUT NOW! Diedrich Diederichsen – Das 21. Jahrhundert

Book presentation on 20.3.2024, 7 pm
Wiener Secession
Friedrichstrasse 12
1010 Vienna

No sooner had the 21st century dawned than it was already presenting new horrors, idiocies and occasional moments of happiness. Diedrich Diederichsen is one of the few people who still dares to make connections in this confusion, which has been thickened and accelerated by the media, while retaining a sophisticated concept of criticism.

In this grab bag of a reader with essays and commentaries, albeit only from the first twenty-three years of the century, he demonstrates his stupendous knowledge of all trends in art, cinema, television, literature, music, theater, theory and politics, which extends to the finest ramifications of counterculture. He is able to strike sparks from epistemology as well as from "The Simpsons", the productions of René Pollesch or series such as "Underground Railroad". Above all, he is able to link the one with the other like no other, jumping from Theodor W. Adorno to the Duck family or from a Hamburg building site to a feminist art installation (and back). What contemporaneity can mean has not been so impressively demonstrated since Walter Benjamin.

Author: Diedrich Diederichsen 
Publisher: Kiepenheuer&Witsch
Publication date: 07.03.2024
ISBN: 978-3-462-00646-9
1136 pages