Dorothee Böhm, Petra Lange-Berndt & Dietmar Rübel (Eds.)
British poet G.K. Chesterton’s apocalyptic anarchist classic—The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)—proves the unlikely starting point for this exhibition and publication from the Kunstverein Hamburg. Chesterton’s mysterious crime story about a seven-headed anarchist council, which consists of spies from London’s secret police, addresses a world in a permanent state of emergency. This atmosphere of discomfiting paranoia resonates in many ways with contemporary society; A World of Wild Doubt intertwines original essays on the skepticism of classical modernity toward absolute freedom with parallel artworks by Andreas Fischer, Bruce Nauman, Mike Kelley, Olaf Metzel, Tony Oursler, Lawrence Weiner and many others whose work criticizes the dominance of neoliberal and plutocratic models in our society. Contributions from Dorothee Böhm, Joachim Koester, Petra Lange-Berndt and Slavoj Žižek.
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