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Ambiguity in Contemporary Art and Theory

Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft (ZÄK), Sonderheft 16. 2018. 220 Seiten.
978-3-7873-3426-1. E-Book (PDF)
DOI: 10.28937/978-3-7873-3426-1
Mit Texten von Gabriel Trop, Verena Krieger, Rachel Mader, Richard Langston, Joy H. Calico,Thomas Wortmann, Lily Tonger-Erk und Stephan Kammer.


  • | Kapitel kaufen Cover C
  • | Kapitel kaufen Inhaltsverzeichnis/Contents 3
  • | Kapitel kaufen Ambiguity in Contemporary Art and Theory. Introduction (Frauke Berndt & Lutz Koepnick) 5
  • | Kapitel kaufen PART 1: CONCEPTS 15
  • | Kapitel kaufen Zonen. Zur Konzeptualisierung von Ambiguität in derästhetischen Theorie (Frauke Berndt) 17
  • | Kapitel kaufen Attraction and Ambiguity. Revisiting the Culture of the Concept (Gabriel Trop) 39
  • | Kapitel kaufen Modes of Aesthetic Ambiguity in Contemporary Art. Conceptualizing Ambiguity in Art History (Verena Krieger) 59
  • | Kapitel kaufen PART 2: AESTHETIC INTERVENTIONS 105
  • | Kapitel kaufen Framing Ambiguity. Contemporary Art Cinema and the Aesthetics of Blandness (Lutz Koepnick) 107
  • | Kapitel kaufen Postrepresentational Visual Practice. Rabih Mroué and Hito Steyerl’s Probable Title: "Zero Probability" (Rachel Mader) 123
  • | Kapitel kaufen Specters of Ambivalence. Notes on Alexander Kluge’s Ambiguous Forms (Richard Langston) 135
  • | Kapitel kaufen Genre Designation as Ambiguating Force. Olga Neuwirth’s "Lost Highway" as Opera (Joy H. Calico) 151
  • | Kapitel kaufen Ästhetik der Ambiguität. Oder: Wer oder was ist Christoph Schlingensief? (Thomas Wortmann) 165
  • | Kapitel kaufen »Sie sind das Thema«. Ambiguität der Ansprache in Peter Handkes Sprechstück "Publikumsbeschimpfung" (Lily Tonger-Erk) 185
  • | Kapitel kaufen Kunststoff. Die Ambiguität ›neuer Naturen‹ um 1970 (Stephan Kammer) 203
  • | Kapitel kaufen Autorinnen und Autoren/Contributors 221


It has become commonplace to associate art and aesthetic experience with the category of ambiguity. Indeed, when we talk about art, we cannot do without the dynamic force of ambiguity just as the aesthetic itself cannot do without it. The great efforts to disambiguate aesthetic practices and their associated theories and contexts would eliminate art’s unique ability to reshape our knowledge of the world, our sensory encounters with it, and our moral or political positions in it.

The essays collected in this volume present different perspectives on this central category and develop interdisciplinary connections. Contributors include Frauke Berndt, Joy H. Calico, Stephan Kammer, Lutz Koepnick, Verena Krieger, Richard Langston, Rachel Mader, Lily Tonger-Erk, Gabriel Trop, and Thomas Wortmann.