How do we go about designing our future and being conscious of our past? How to lay the foundations for a sustainable world? And what does it mean to live in a present that is trans-cultural through and through? Read our voices editorial.

Spoken through the Buffalo (Bull-)Horn

Precisely one year ago, news about the Capitol riots in Washington, D.C. went viral around the globe. Among videos and images of thousands of Trump followers, conspiracy disciples, right-wing militias and Alt-Right activists, large numbers of people in flamboyant costumes dominated the media, most of all Jake Angeli, a.k.a. the “Q-Shaman,” armed with a horned fur headdress and a US flag tied to a spear. Frank Usbeck already addressed this mishmash of cultural and historical references in a SKD blog contribution back in the day – we’re republishing his blog post today.

06. January 2022 — Read / Article (5 minutes) More

Vermeer’s generosity

In many ways, Tom Hunter’s “Woman reading a Possession Order” seems to capture the effect of Vermeer’s original painting “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window”. Yet if one looks more closely at Hunter’s photograph from 1997, differences become apparent. Jane Boddy on an iconic image and its contemporary appropriations.

21. October 2021 — Read / Article (4 minutes) More

Land creates Art

What inspires you in rural expanses of land? How is your work informed by the countryside? And what are the difficulties encountered in a rural area? Futur III, the Youth Advisory Board to the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden approached four artists from Saxony with these questions, accompanying them with a camera in their artistic practice. With the resulting film premiering at the Japanisches Palais, we spoke to Angelina Vollenweider, who was in charge of the project.

13. October 2021 — Read / Interview (3 minutes) More

Writing Cure / Writing Concept

In the exhibition “Wordless — Falling Silent Loudly”, recently on view at the Japanisches Palais, contemporary artists and activists were invited to enter into a multi-vocal dialogue with items in the collection that vary in provenance. Here, the cultural theorist and art critic Lisa Stuckey explains how this exhibition dealt with “poetic thinking,” as put forth by Hannah Arendt. First published in Arts of the Working Class.

17. September 2021 — Read / Article (6 minutes) More