REVIEWS

/ ANA TEIXEIRA PINTO
“2 or 3 Tigers”

HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT, Berlin

Minouk Lim, S.O.S.-Adoptive Dissensus, 2009.
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Ana Teixeira Pinto

Though at present the concept of “media” is almost wholly equated with communication technologies, throughout the modern period this notion extended beyond the technological field, to include aesthetic and spiritual registers. In the late nineteenth century, a medium was someone with the alleged ability to act as a psychic conduit... continue reading
Musa paradisiaca, Patins [Skates], 2016.
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Ana Teixeira Pinto

When writing the now-famous entry for the word informe (formless) in the surrealist journal Documents, Georges Bataille started by saying that “a dictionary begins when it no longer gives the meanings of words, but their tasks.” “Formless” is a word tasked with declassifying (déclasser), which in French also connotes degrading... continue reading
View of Michael Rakowitz’s “The invisible enemy should not exist,” Barbara Wien, Berlin, 2016.
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Ana Teixeira Pinto

The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (Aj-ibur-shapu), from which Michael Rakowitz’s exhibition at Barbara Wien in Berlin borrows its name, was how the street which ran through the gate of Ishtar, in ancient Babylon, was known. Built around 575 BC under King Nebuchadnezzar II and dedicated to the goddess Ishtar,... continue reading
Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Priapus Agonistes, 2013.
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Ana Teixeira Pinto

Pasiphae, the protagonist of Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley’s film series “The Minotaur Trilogy” (2013–15), was the queen of Crete, married to king Minos, the son of Zeus and Europa. Her story is a tale of offence and punishment, but not a straightforward one. Minos, who had just ascended... continue reading
View of Marco Poloni’s “Codename: Osvaldo. Two Case Studies,” Campagne Première, Berlin, 2016.
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Ana Teixeira Pinto

Ernesto “Che” Guevara was murdered on October 9, 1967, by the Bolivian 2nd Ranger Battalion. Che was captured alive on October 8, but the Bolivian regime feared a trial would rally support for the revolutionary cause, and decided to summarily execute their wounded prisoner. A CIA agent instructed the executioners... continue reading
Hito Steyerl, Liquidity Inc., 2014.
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Ana Teixeira Pinto

Entering the philosophical lexicon during the eighteenth century, the term “aesthetic” is predicated on a double negation: its object is neither an object of knowledge, nor an object of desire.(1) By introducing the notion of disinterest, Kant brought the concept of taste into opposition with the concept of morality. At... continue reading

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