The programme series CRITIQUE AND CRISIS questioned over the span of three years between 2012-2015 the last common denominator of European crisis philosophy, namely, the basis of a democratic order that still holds today.
But what is left of liberté, égalité, fraternité? The goal of the series was to see how these basic principles of the shared European identity measure up to Europe’s current self-image from the perspective of artists.
Situations of crisis play a crucial role in the dissolution of existing structures and the creation of new ones. This is precisely the point at which CRITIQUE AND CRISIS gets to work as it opened up a space for examining and reflecting on our own preconceived notions and prejudices.
We wanted to reflect on actual positions in the theory of philosophy and art in an essay by the Greek economist and philosopher GEORGIOS PAPADOPOULOS on the critical potential of art and on the role of artists in the state of permanent crisis. To widen the horizon of perception we translated and reproduced a fascinating text by the Hungarian philosopher ZSOLT PÁLFALUSI, who has envisioned a new role for philosophy as a performative genre which should provide key competences to deal with crisis situations. The scepticism against the European Idea as such was the topic of a lecture held by the project manager KATA KRASZNAHORKAI at the conference “The European Idea in Art and Art History after 1945”, organized by the German Historical Museum and the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin in September 2014.
We were asking critical questions in the crisis about the crisis and beyond the crisis.
With works by:
Libia Castro/Ólaffur Ólafsson,
IPUT/Tamas St. Turba,
István Máriás aka Pista Horror,
Katarina Sevic/Gergely László