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In Search of Lost Purpose

  • Author: Gianni Jetzer
  • Artist: Olaf Breuning
  • Section: Collaboration

See? It Is Always the Same Story

  • Author: Marc-Olivier Wahler
  • Artist: Olaf Breuning
  • Section: Collaboration

Technician of the Sacred

  • Author: Carissa Rodriguez
  • Artist: Olaf Breuning
  • Section: Collaboration

Contemporary American Sublime

  • Author: Christian Rattemeyer
  • Artist: Richard Phillips
  • Section: Collaboration

Face All Wrath! Painting as Passage and Resistance

  • Author: Jutta Koether
  • Artist: Richard Phillips
  • Section: Collaboration

Out of Time and Place. A Conversation

  • Author: Diedrich Diederichsen / Richard Phillips
  • Artist: Richard Phillips
  • Section: Collaboration

Fabulous Art. Keith Tyson’s Research into Voids for a Weltbild

  • Author: Hans Rudolf Reust
  • Artist: Keith Tyson
  • Section: Collaboration

It’s Like an Organic System. A Conversation

  • Author: Keith Tyson / Ethan Wagner
  • Artist: Keith Tyson
  • Section: Collaboration

Primordial Soups

  • Author: Michael Archer
  • Artist: Keith Tyson
  • Section: Collaboration

Seven Notes on the Immaterial

  • Author: Nicolas Bourriaud
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Beyond Words

  • Author: Francis Mc Kee
  • Artist: Fiona Banner
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Walterday

  • Author: Michelle Nicol
  • Artist: Walter Pfeiffer
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Closed Circuit

  • Author: Änne Söll
  • Artist: Pipilotti Rist
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Don’t Intimidate the Material. A Conversation between Elisabeth Roth and Pipil…

  • Author / Artist: Pipilotti Rist
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Don’t Intimidate the Material. A Conversatuion between Elisabeth Roth and Pipi…

  • Author: Elisabeth Roth
  • Artist: Pipilotti Rist
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Kiki Smith’s Logophilia

  • Author: Vincent Katz
  • Artist: Kiki Smith
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Sexualized Torture and Breakfast Rolls

  • Author: Klaus Theweleit
  • Section: Balkon

In Praise of Dialogue

  • Author: Paolo Bianchi
  • Section: Cumulus

John Körmeling: The Freedom in Free Space

  • Author: Wayne Baerwaldt
  • Artist: John Körmeling
  • Section: Cumulus

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Introduction

While Olaf Breuning and Richard Phillips acquire new insights by devoting themselves to the world of forms and aesthetic appearances as “taste analysts,” Keith Tyson, a latter-day uomo universale, strides through complex scientific universes as if he were strolling around in an amusement park. The visual forms and mental peregrinations of these three artists engage cultural borderlines where subjectivity and rationality, sensuousness and cold abstraction are remixed. This volume also features an Insert project by Dan Perjovschi.

Fanciful figures they are, those youthful creatures who stare at us out of Olaf Breuning’s photographs and videos. And yet their sectarian looks, their air of disheveled arcane knowledge, trash archaic civilization and marketing slavery, communicate a disturbing sense of gruff exclusion. Richard Phillips’ oil paintings also elicit contradictory sensations, for they toy with the memory of rejoicing in the visual delight of painting without disguising its dreadfully cloying “anti-matter.” Richard Phillips stoically paints the allegedly lesser aesthetic output of industrialized commercial art, which is no longer in circulation. In contrast, Keith Tyson’s astonishing world models or wonders, as in his series, The Seven Wonders of the World, invite us to participate in cheerful but not easily accessible sciences.

Our anniversary section in this issue features Pipilotti Rist. Having created an edition of herself as a patron saint or an icon that can be carried around like cast-off skin or draped over furniture, she reaches into the depths of many ages and cultures. In addition, the great symbolic power conveyed by her treatment of the body may be seen as an alternative to the images of women in Richard Phillips’ work. Nicolas Bourriaud contributes seven theses to our series of anniversary essays on the “(IM)MATERIAL?”

Is there anything more material than concrete numbers? Anniversaries stimulate statistical considerations. Voluptuously round numbers whet an appetite for the revelation of all the other numerical beauties and insights that slumber within them: numbers reveal exciting imaginative dimensions hitherto buried under well-trodden routine. In the past two decades, 150 artists’ collaborations have been created, and over 1000 essays published and translated from French, Greek, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Dutch, Finnish, Portuguese, Polish, Japanese, and Swedish—simple figures that testify to a long-term project that has left its mark the world over.

And what about the following figures? Since 1984, more than 600,000 single volumes bearing the distinctive PARKETT logo have settled on bookshelves in libraries and private collections all over the world. And supposing we multiply the 180–260 pages per volume by two or three readers each, then the individual collective has read or at least (we hope) enjoyed looking at an impressive total of some 270–390 million pages. That is the stuff that dreams are made of.