Vortrag von Rebecca Schneider
In The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt writes that the polis is “the space of appearance in the widest sense of the word, namely, the space where I appear to others as others appear to me, where men exist not merely like other living or inanimate things, but make their appearance explicitly.” In a time when white liberal humanism has been exposed by scholars like Sylvia Wynter, Hortense Spillers, Frank Wilderson, and Saidiya Hartman as a “genre of human” founded on anti-blackness, what becomes of the mandate to “appear to others as others appear”? In this talk, I will discuss some late 20th and early 21st century works in which artists appear as built environments that possibly raise questions about appearance and “public space.” I will also think about some performance-based contemporary work that performs homage, that is, art appearing as other art has appeared. In this effort, I will think about artwork against the grain of human or human-centric citationality, a practice that might also find Dionysian roots and limbs in the ancient world of course, if arguably prior to the rise of democracy. In a time of demands for racial justice and a time of planetary peril, what else might it mean for democracy to appear as others have appeared?