“Things can only be diverse and should be diverse,” wrote Donald Judd in 1964 about the art scene in New York, and hence rejected a one-dimensional ordering of art history in favor of an open encounter with works of art.

In the Mode of Giving –

Theater, Art and Performance in the Present
This book develops concepts of giving and the exchange of gifts for contemporary art-theoretical discourse. It focuses on models drawn from the theater, visual arts and performance where processes of exchange, transfer, and reciprocity are involved. In light of the performative development of contemporary art, the contributions discuss the extent to which concepts of giving drawn from anthropological, philosophical and sociological perspectives (Mauss, Godelier, Derrida, Latour, Ricoeur, etc.) can be sustained in order to reflect and ethically accentuate the self-understanding of current artistic practice in the creative tension between claims of autonomy and social activity.

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"In the Mode of Giving –"

February 2011

ISBN 978-3-86678-494-9

16,80 x 24,00 cm

208 Pages

36 colored and 11 b/w illustrations

Softcover with flaps, bound

Languages: German, English

Ingrid Hentschel, Klaus Hoffmann and Una H. Moehrke
Text by
Dorothée Bauerle-Willert (Art History), Christine Biehler (Art and Art Education), Mohammadreza Farzad (Theatre Studies), Lili Fischer (Performance), Dieter Hase (Cultural Research), Ingrid Hentschel (Theater Studies), Klaus Hoffmann (Theatre for Development) Klaus Lichtblau (Sociology), Thomas Henke/Christian Christmas (Video and Installations), Marcel Martin (Theology), Una H. Moehrke (Visual Arts), Tino Sehgal (Art), Hanne Seitz (Aesthetic Education), Gerhard Stamer (Philosophy), Ian Watson (Performance Studies), Kristin Westphal (Education), Smadar Yaaron (Theater) and Wolfgang Zinggl (Performance Art)
Design by
Jenny Baese
on the occasion of the symposium “Concepts of gift”, 2010, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF), Universität Bielefeld