Documenta is an exhibition of contemporary and modern art which happens every 5 years in Kassel, Germany. I have been going through the documenta 13 website, which is full of everything amazing, visit the website and experience snippits of what one would at documenta 13. I loved this description…
100 Notes – 100 Thoughts. Now available: The second round of 16 notebooks in both printed and e-book editions.
Notes have a paradoxical character: they are neither significant, nor absurd. We tend to endow the world with meaning (or meaninglessness) in order to find some control over it. Traditionally, theory looks at the world but the world does not look back. Can one imagine a new language that would register our being observed by the whole realm of the non-human, a form of translation or a form of “speaking with” the other animate and inanimate makers of the world?
Notes are capable of registering this turn – they are advocates of a form of fiction that is modest and less anthropocentric. Fictional, because nothing is more fantastic than the precision of translation. A note expresses nothing but itself and in doing so occupies the totality of the mind. The necessity of notes has nothing to do with their utility. Notes have nothing to say, but they constitute a way of speaking.
Introduced by Marta Kuzma, Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and dOCUMENTA (13) Member of Core Agent Group, and Pablo Lafuente, Associate Curator at OCA, Chus Martínez, Head of Department, Member of Core Agent Group for dOCUMENTA (13), will present the series 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts on September 28, 2011, at 7 pm. This is the sixth public presentation of dOCUMENTA (13) notebooks, following a premiere in Cairo and launches in New York, Buenos Aires, Thessaloniki, and Paris.