Eva Grubinger

  • Black Diamond Bay

    Black Diamond Bay

    Eva Grubinger

    Eva Grubinger's exhibition “Black Diamond Bay” explores the idea of psychological landscapes—a physical or mental journey—that evokes ideas of escapism and the search for the self. Released in conjunction with the show, this catalogue features visual documentation of the exhibition by Sylvain Deleu, and an accompanying text by Fatoş Üstek that comments on Grubinger's focus on parallels between global migration and sexual adventuring, contradictions in the simultaneous pull toward escapism and discovery, and the employment of objects as indicators of place. As Üstek writes: “'Black Diamond Bay' posits a refinement of thought that reflects on the dualistic condition of human nature: we want to see the unknown, yet we also want a safe shore to land upon.”

    Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, September 2015, and L40 – Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, May–June 2016.

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  • Sculpture Unlimited 2

    Sculpture Unlimited 2

    Materiality in Times of Immateriality

    Eva Grubinger and Jörg Heiser

    While the first volume Sculpture Unlimited (2011) dealt with the question of how the contemporary field of sculpture can be defined in a useful and stimulating manner against its long history, the second volume looks at the present and future. Once again edited by Eva Grubinger and Jörg Heiser, with contributions by internationally reputed artists and scholars, this volume poses the following question: If we assume that computers and algorithms increasingly control our lives, that they not only regulate social and communicative traffic but also produce new materials and things, does this increase or decrease the space for artistic imagination and innovation? Where is the place of art and sculpture, provided we don't want art to resort to merely maintaining aesthetic traditions?

    With sculpture as a leading reference, the contributions address theory, aesthetics, and technology: Do current philosophical movements such as new materialism and object-oriented ontology affect our notion of the art object? Does so-called post-Internet art have a future? And how does the Internet of Things relate to objects and things in art?

    Contributors Aleksandra Domanović, Mark Fisher, Nathalie Heinich, Mark Leckey, Jean-François Lyotard and Bernard Blistène, Jussi Parikka, Christiane Sauer, Timotheus Vermeulen

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  • group.sex

    group.sex

    Eva Grubinger

    The texts in group.sex discuss political groups and languages, abstract radicalism and art, feminism and bohemianism, social hierarchies, and telematic friendship. In his text “Remarks on the RAF Spectre”, German sociologist and cultural critic Klaus Theweleit discusses “the unreal linguistic situation in post-war Germany” and analyzes modes of mutual exclusion and hierarchy as they occured within groups such as the RAF (the Red Army Faction).

    “It's not just the languages that had closed down, the streets were closed as well. The very thing that had been gained—the streets, publicity, openness and linguistic diversity on all sides—disappeared into the gutter of history in two, three years.... In the groups that remained publicly relevant, the 'K-Groups' and the RAF, which were shifting towards the centre of the political movement as the remaining 'radical' groups, language and thought became restricted. This led to what I would now call 'abstract radicalism', a radicalism that limited itself to gestures, claims, demands, revolutionary attitudes broadcast in statements, slogans, but hardly any analysis was carried out.... things had to 'be right' only in a mindlessly abstract sense. The 'concrete' emigrated from radical left-wing politics (and found a home, for a time, in the women's movement).” Klaus Theweleit

    Edited and designed by artist Eva Grubinger, the book contains a pictorial insert entitled Sacher Torture, an image series illustrating modes of exclusion from a group.

    Contributors Eri Kawade/James Roberts, Ann Powers, Klaus Theweleit

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  • Sculpture Unlimited

    Sculpture Unlimited

    Eva Grubinger and Jörg Heiser

    Based on a symposium at the Department of Sculpture—Transmedial Space, University of Art and Design, Linz, Austria, Sculpture Unlimited captures the breadth of the contemporary discussion around sculpture. Against the historical backdrop of expansions of the notion of sculpture—from Auguste Rodin to Rosalind Krauss and beyond—one could think that the discipline has become defined by its near arbitrary malleability, since practically anything can be construed as sculpture. Yet interest in the history of sculpture seems to be experiencing a revival, including traditional techniques and production methods, which often appear appealing, even radical, in the age of the Internet and social media. The book probes into recent developments in the field, and asks, what potentials does that history hold for responding to current environments? How can the contemporary field of sculpture be defined in a useful and stimulating manner?

    This book was made possible through the generous support of BAWAG P.S.K., Kulturland Oberösterreich, and Kunstuniversität Linz.

    Contributors Jennifer Allen, Nikolaus Hirsch, Aleksandra Mir, Vivian Sky Rehberg, and Jan Verwoert

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