Reality Manifestos - Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

A study of détournement as Art Forms


Museum Halls, WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Wien

Symposium from 19 - 20 January 2012. (Exhibition at Kunsthalle Exnergasse 19 January - 3 March 2012)

Lectures at the Symposium

Touching Crip History: Unlikely Encounters in the Fog

by Eva Egermann

Impairments, injuries and deviations—as well as appropriations and resistances—have acted consistently as a countercurrent to dominant normative orders. Various social movements around dis/ability mobilized around their non-normative status and developed strategies of re-signification of a pejorative discourses or appropriated and refunctioned formerly denied subject positions (e.g. the german "Krüppelbewegung"). Resisting practices, social movements and different affinities and political alliances with and around various 'cranky' and 'deviant' subjects can be traced further back. The radical cartography and mapping of early twentieth century Chicago anarchist sociologist Dr. Ben Reitman can also be read as such a resistant and critical approach.

Eva Egermann is an artist based in Vienna. Through working in various medias and collectives as well as the academic sphere, she developed approaches that interlink theory and research with artistic practices and the contemporary art field. She is currently Senior Lecturer and PhD student at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.