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Peter Ott

The Monotheistic Cell Or Reports from Fiction

Around 2007 I had the idea of making a feature film about a German woman who is kidnapped in Iraq. It was supposed to be a chamber piece, shot on two intradiegetic cameras: the video camera of the abductors, with which they alternately monitor their hostages and make propaganda videos, and the video camera with which the Federal Intelligence Service agent documents his interrogation of the hostages after their release. The title was going to be The Monotheistic Cell, aligning... ABO

 

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“With a woman like that you can even live in ­Berlin”

“With a woman like that you can even live in ­Berlin”

  • collection
  • archive
  • photography
  • 20th century
  • 1950s
  • Paris
  • 1930s
  • photographic images
  • biography
  • exile
  • History of photography
  • Siegfried Kracauer
  • portrait
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Why this past? Why is this past mine? A past which I did not even know?


Why this past? Why is this past mine? A past which I did not even know?


  • emigration
  • trauma
  • post-war period
  • homosexuality
  • youth
  • autobiography
  • National Socialism
  • 1968
  • identity
  • memory
  • migration
  • past
  • childhood
  • post-war generation
  • primal scene

 

The Moses complex’s place is exile.
The Moses complex’s place is exile.

Ute Holl

Introduction

The unkind and inhuman God of Moses in Exodus reveals himself as a terrifying media agent. This is why the Moses figure insistently returns in the arts and sciences of the twentieth century. It corresponds to the fact that the media initially remain concealed when new laws come in with them. When Moses climbs the mountain, the tablets on which the caesuras of writing will turn out to be there already, while the people are still camping in the desert,... OPEN
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  • Jean-Marie Straub
  • exile
  • community
  • Danièle Huillet
  • Arnold Schönberg
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New Materialism

Over the past two or three years there has been much talk in the social and human sciences about a materialist turn. It is clear that this is not, however, a complete revolution back to older forms of materialism, even if some of their traces are still resonant. The new materialists are self-consciously positioning themselves in the wake of an earlier cultural turn towards linguistic modes of cultural analysis that included radical forms of constructivism, but also in response to new challenges and opportunities that are emerging through novel ways of understanding matter and handling objects.

My essay has two main parts. The first provides an overview by considering some of the ways a new materialism is being pursued, the sources from which it draws inspiration and the kind of vocabulary that is being used to invoke volatile process of materialisation. This includes a sketch of the new materialist ontology, with...

  • materialist turn
  • thing/thingness
  • material aesthetics
  • anthropology
  • materiality
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“is x-ism a y-ism”

The title of this text poses what at first appears to be an irritating, if not completely insane question, that I myself couldn’t have imagined posing a year ago. For one thing, it’s because one of the important terms in this question was totally unknown to me, and for another, I probably would have affirmed it outright had I known what this word meant.

The question is: Is Marxism a correlationism? The rhetoric of this formulation – “is x-ism a y-ism” – borrows from the title of a famous essay by Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism is a Humanism (1946). In those days it was also a matter of setting a new philosophical fashion in relation to a major cornerstone of orientation – to humanism. Today the question appears to be reversed: Is Marxism – which is now the cornerstone, the old orientation – a correlationism? The correlationism isn’t the new fashion, but...

  • anthropology
  • material aesthetics
  • materiality
  • thing/thingness
  • materialist turn