Kritik der Kritik revisited
Kritik der Kritik revisited

Sylvia Sasse

Subversive Affirmation

Subversive Affirmation ist keine affirmative Kritik. Subversive Affirmation ist ein künstlerisches und aktivistisches Verfahren, das die Kräfte des Affirmativen nutzt, allerdings nicht nur, um Negation als einzige Praxis von Kritik abzulösen, sondern um alle Varianten von Zustimmung, auch ihre zerstörerische und (auto-)repressive Kraft, zu erkunden. Subversive Affirmation will weder negative Kritik noch kritiklose Affirmation sein. Das klingt paradox, und in dieser Paradoxie liegt der Erkenntniswert. Denn subversive Affirmation ist eine performative Kritik, die den möglichen Kippmoment von blindem ­Konformismus, von...
  • Gegenwartskunst
  • Gesellschaft
  • Kritik
  • Praxis
  • Künstlerische Praxis




»… Consistently Abused and Forced…«
»… Consistently Abused and Forced…«

Kati Kroß

Christoph Schlingensief's »Freakstars 3000«

When non-disabled artists such as Jérôme Bel or Christoph Schlingensief in their productions work with actors who, in hegemonic discourse, are referred to as disabled, they almost invariably face criticism over the exploitation and voyeuristic exhibition of these people. Bel’s Disabled Theater anticipated such reservations and took a good deal of wind out of its critics’ sails by having the performers themselves raise these issues on stage and report on their families’ reactions to the piece. Nevertheless, the question whether...
  • Identität
  • Jérôme Bel
  • Disability Studies
  • Ästhetik
  • Darstellende Kunst
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Eric Baudelaire

A for Anomie

A for Anomie

The idea that terrorism and other forms of political violence are directly related to strains caused by strongly held grievances has been one of the most common explanations to date and can be traced to a diverse set of theoretical concepts including relative deprivation, social disorganization, breakdown, tension, and anomie. Merton (1938) identifies anomie as a cultural condition of frustration, in which values regarding goals and how to achieve them conflict with limitations on the means of achievement.

Gary LaFree and Laura Dugan, “Research on Terrorism and Countering Terrorism”, Crime and Justice, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2009.


B for Block or Blocked

If terrorism in each of its expressions can be considered an indicator of the existence of a political block (of an impossibility of reacting if one wishes to react differently), this influences its real ability to modify the situation. Terrorism has been historically more successful when it was not...