Columbia University Press Authors at dOCUMENTA 13


The eagerly anticipated art fair dOCUMENTA 13, held every five years, opens on June 9 in Kassel, Germany. dOCUMENTA has become one of the biggest art events in the world but also includes “other objects and experiments in the fields of art, politics, literature, philosophy, and science.

For the Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev,

dOCUMENTA (13) is dedicated to artistic research and forms of imagination that explore commitment, matter, things, embodiment, and active living in connection with, yet not subordinated to, theory and epistemological closures…. Participants of dOCUMENTA (13) come from a range of fields of activity…. They contribute to dOCUMENTA (13) that aims to explore how different forms of knowledge lie at the heart of the active exercise of re-imagining the world. What some of these participants do, and what they “exhibit” in dOCUMENTA (13), may or may not be art. However, their acts, gestures, thoughts, and knowledges produce and are produced by circumstances that are readable by art, aspects that art can cope with and absorb.

A number of Columbia University Press authors will have their work represented or will be present, including:

Irina Aristarkhova, author of the forthcoming Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture.

Judith Butler, author of several titles, including the forthcoming Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism

Kenneth Goldsmith, author of Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age

Catherine Malabou, author of Plasticity at the Dusk of Writing: Dialectic, Destruction, Deconstruction

Christoph Menke, author of Tragic Play: Irony and Theater from Sophocles to Beckett

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