The Hospitality of Presence
Originally written as a doctoral dissertation, Daniel Birnbaum’s The Hospitality of Presence reveals the conceptual origins of Chronology, his seminal and oft-used contemporary manifesto. In this updated version of The Hospitality of Presence, Birnbaum annotates and illustrates key elements of the original text, providing an engaging introduction to an otherwise highly academic text. Concepts such as phenomenology, otherness, temporality, and intersubjectivity are being revisited through the prism of contemporary art, literature, and art criticism. With an introduction by Hans Ulrich Obrist, this text is a compelling and necessary addition to any contemporary library. Furthermore, it is a must read for students of cultural theory and philosophy. Daniel Birnbaum is rector of the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, director of its Portikus Gallery and a contributing editor of Artforum.
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