"The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have a genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light." Stanley Kubrick


Marcus Steinweg - Nine Theses on Art

"The definition of art that I attempt to give in this essay culminates in the assertion that art asserts a consistency owed to its opening to inconsistency. We will see that the concept of art, like that of the human subject, must open up to non-art and the non-subjective in order to situate art and the subject, together with all their claims to autonomy, on the line of fracture between reality and ideality, the possible and the impossible, the particular and the universal.
The nine theses are:
1. Art is that which generates a concept of art.
2. The artwork implies a surpassing and transgressing of its factual conditions.
3. An artwork is something other than (merely) a document of its times.
4. Art articulates a difference from the texture of facts.
5. The artwork is the affirmation of this difference.
6. This affirmation takes place as an assertion of form.
7. Every assertion of form is indebted to making contact with formlessness.
8. Making contact with formlessness corresponds to making a contact with truth.
9. Art’s making contact with truth opens it up to universality."

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Marcus Steinweg (born 1971 in Berlin) lives in Berlin. He writes on philosophical and literary themes. His most recent publications are: Krieg der différence and Autofahren mit Lacan (both Koblenz, Germany 2001), Der Ozeanomat. Ereignis und Immanenz (Cologne, Germany 2002) and Bataille Maschine (Merve Verlag, Berlin 2003). For several years he has been collaborating regularly with the artist Thomas Hirschhorn.

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