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Catalog of Situations:
Inside the Black Cube
David Weber-Krebs and Jan-Philipp Possmann create art out of encounters with existing art works. Since 2008 they have been working together on a series of lecture performances on relational aesthetics entitled Catalog of Situations. Inside the Black Cube is the third lecture performance in this series. Developed in residency at Zeitraumexit in Mannheim (D) with kind support from Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.
In 1967 the art critic Michael Fried made the “strongly disquieting experience of coming upon a literal object”. Fried unexpectedly entered into a theater, the theater of objecthood. The object was one of several black cubes of perfectly symmetrical proportions that appeared on the art scene like alien timeless travellers of our cultural history: From the Egyptian tempel of Leto across the muslim Kaaba to Tony Smith's sculpture Die from 1962. This lecture performance is an effort in tracing the dialectics of these peculiar apparitions and making the encounter with one of them immediate. „These works are black and they might also be evil minded.“ (Tony Smith 1966)