|Llaura I. Sčnner PROTECTION INSTALLATION EINSTELLUNGSRAUM, Hamburg
Thursday, 5th of March, 2009
Querschlegeln* as pataphysical attempt for protection of human, material, pin and traffic.
Introductory speech by Gunnar F. Gerlach
"My philosophy is or rather is developing more and more in this direction that we are doing it all wrong, that we escape a status of general misery which let us become a warning example for other intelligent creatures. I view our achievements in engineering and our industriousness as pure actions of craziness. And you believe that everyting is in order."**
John Ruskin: Letters from Venice, 1850
"What since the villages of the New Stone Age was interfused in the places of spontaneous social traffic was relegated individual and separated in space and time. The result of this was and is that the connecting links between these separated elements (in-so-far as they exist, what would be a value in itself: means of communication, paths and roads, signals and codes, exchange and trade agents) gain exceeding importance: the copulative becomes more important than the connected parts.... streets and road namely become important but with the onslaught of the steady and recurring traffic at the same time become dessert. Selling becomes more important than production, in-between trade becomes more important than the producers, the means more important than the ends."**
Henri Lefebvre: Introduction to Modernity, pg.145f. 1962
The seemingly unstoppable progress of the so-called modern ti-
since the mid 19th century is not only conceptually subjected to all
kinds of dialectics also negative dialectics but also prejudiced in
interactive, back and forth swinging exclusivities and antagonisms:
alone the Latin 'progressio' means originally 'already development
towards virtue'. The incentive for economical
deve- lopment to absoluteness of the purely technoid-like
instrumen- talized capitalism however lives solely on the deadly sins
'envy' and 'greed's as preconditions for desire so that 'war is the
father of all things' (Heraklit) may remain true.
Before the flight, the inner emigration and the wrapping in a protective cocoon remains still as strategical action of resistance - which is rooted in the nous of philosophy and art - beating and 'Schlegeln' * against the normatively decreed rules and directions of the social absurdity:
Associativ Querschlegeln* as pataphysical attempt for protection of human, material, pin and traffic in consideration of the installation by Llaura I. Sčnner.
To swing and to sound
|*the verb is an
invention of the speaker, it is a combination of terms closely and not
so closely associated with the present exhibition: "quer" for 'to
cross' and "schlegeln" an actually non-existent word derived from
'schlagen' for 'to beat' and 'Hegel', the highly-regarded philosopher
**for lack of the original English text by Ruskin we are offering here the retranslation of the German and kindly ask for your own research regarding the original text if interested.
|***Alexander Kluge: Lernprozesse mit tÜdlichem Ausgang, 1999,
Verlag Suhrkamp (A. Kluge: Processes of learning with deadly outcome, 1999, publisher Suhrkamp)