The Living Exhibition


Edited by Thomas Oberender, Paul Rabe
With texts by Ed Atkins, Inke Arns, Omer Fast, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Maria Muhle, Philippe Parreno, Rimini Protokoll, Tomás Saraceno, Tino Sehgal, Susanne Witzgall u. a.

292 pages, Englisch

Spector Books
ISBN 978-3-95905-563-5
€ 22,00
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The predominance of white cube, still the prevalent display model in contemporary art, can be traced back to the Enlightenment ideas that isolated things and removed them from their context. The series of exhibitions presented in this book are conceived of as ‘living exhibitions’ that break with this convention, suggesting that the strict separation between exhibit and viewer in the museum could be dissolved in favour an emphasis on interconnection and process. In lieu of seeing of exhibitions as a kind of vessel for content, filled by a changing assortment of objects and themes, the exhibitions featured here play with the format itself, focusing on time-based concepts that promote new kinds of encounters and a new, systemic worldview. As a result, the exhibitions may change daily – indeed, at any time – and take on a life of their own.

The book “Down to Earth” stands on end on a tabletop.

Down to Earth. Entwürfe für eine Kultur der Nachhaltigkeit


Edited by Thomas Oberender
With texts by Frédérique Aït-Touati, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Bruno Latour, Hermann E. Ott, Tino Sehgal, Joulia Strauss, Andreas Weber and others

111 × 186 mm, 238 pages, paperback, German

Spector Books
ISBN 978-3-95905-509-3
€ 14.00
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What do art and a new eco-politics have in common? What changes are about to affect our cultural institutions? How will Gaia manifest itself on theatre stages? How can art be created without using up resources? What can we learn from indigenous cultures? What does animism mean today? And has the Anthropocene already finished?

“Down to Earth” brings together 14 visions of a culture of sustainability from the arts, from activist contexts and from science and politics that are committed to radical ecological change: away from western thinking that isolates, extracts and exploits elements of life and towards structures that operate holistically and respectfully. Each contribution works in its own way on updating humanity’s operating system, whose programme up until now, “anthropocentrism”, has come to an end with climate change. Our worldview is shifting from an age in which mankind was a force of nature, in the direction of a new awareness of how we are embedded in an ecosystem of other living creatures alongside, inside and with us.


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