The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, August 29, 2015


Anja Kirschner & David Panos present "Ultimate Substance" at Vienna's Secession
Kirschner-Panos, Ultimate-Substance, 2012. Photo: Wolfgang Thaler.
VIENNA.- Anja Kirschner and David Panos filmed their new video installation for the Secession during a one-year stay in Greece. With associative references to archaeology, philosophy, mathematics, and ritual, Ultimate Substance departs from the hypothesis that the introduction of coinage in the ancient Greek world effected a profound cognitive shift that was key to the emergence of western philosophic, scientific and dramatic traditions.

The video projection is complemented by rocks and a model of a Platonic solid. Taken together, the three elements point to the separation of physical and mental activity that took place in ancient Greece with the dawn of a money economy. In Ultimate Substance—as in previous works like The Last Days of Jack Sheppard (2009) and The Empty Plan (2010)—Kirschner and Panos deal critically with historical material. But as Kirschner explains, rather than reconstructing it, their aim is to “actualize” it in the sense of Walter Benjamin: “We don’t want to represent the events of the time directly, but to open up a longer historical perspective.”

Ultimate Substance was filmed in and around the Numismatic Museum in Athens and in Lavreotiki, a nearby mining district, which provided the silver from which the Athenian coins were struck, constituting the material base on which the classical Athenian city-state was founded. In contradistinction to the popular image of the Acropolis, the vast mining galleries propose an inverse image of antiquity. Abandoned in Roman times, the mines were re-discovered in the nineteenth century, making Laurion the first factory town of the modern Greek state. In the 1970s the local mining industry was again dismantled. Today the factory ruins house an educational museum on mining history.

As Richard Seaford, Professor of Ancient Greek, shows in his catalogue essay, the advent of the money economy not only rendered the individual dependent, but also promoted the development of abstract thought. “Moreover, with the unprecedented pervasiveness of (coined) money, social power could seem to belong not so much to people as to money.

For the first time in history, systematic power could seem to be impersonal […],” writes Seaford, describing the processes set in motion by the introduction of coinage. The step into “monetary abstraction” was followed by further “modes of abstract thought,” he continues, such as “pure arithmetic, pure geometry and the abstract rules of thinking (logic).”

These historical processes that reach into the present, as well as the fact that tens of thousands of slaves had to work in the silver mines, are reflected in Ultimate Substance by a number of heterogeneous elements. The work forgoes explanatory dialogues or overly bold statements, relying on powerful presentation and stylization, formal elements that also symbolize the development of philosophy, mathematics, and drama in Ancient Greece. Kirschner describes their working process as follows: “In this work, we wanted to let the pictures, the editing, and the bodies speak. So, for example, we decided to work with dancers as a way of deliberately stylizing the scenes in the mines.” According to the artists, the continual presence of historical and modern-day everyday objects also has a clear function, pointing to the question of how far one can “deduce historical developments from material objects.”





Today's News

September 24, 2012

Impressionism and Fashion: The Musée d'Orsay looks at the way people dressed

"Steve McQueen: King of Cool" photographs by John Dominis on view at Atlas Gallery

Glass House launches fall season with exhibition of works by Frank Stella

N.C. Museum of Art presents exhibition of Edvard Munch prints from MoMA

A diamond fit for a queen: Christie's Geneva to offer the Archduke Joseph diamond

Neglect ruins Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos' legendary collection of shoes

"Peter Lely: The Draughtsman and His Collection" opens at the Courtauld Gallery

iGavel online fall auction of important Asian, ancient & ethnographic works of art goes live October 9-24

The Musée de l'Elysée presents different approaches to collecting photography

Sotheby's enters joint venture agreement with Beijing GeHua Art Company

Anju Dodiya returns to familiar ground in new exhibition at Gallery Chemould

RISD Museum presents America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now

Goebbels' early letters, to be sold at Alexander Autograph, show controlling behavior

Acker Merrall & Condit sale achieves a spectacular total of over US$7.9 million

Dallas Contemporary announces exhibition of photographers Inez & Vinoodh

Feeding, Fleeing, Fighting, Reproduction: Pamela Rosenkranz' solo show opens at Kunsthalle Basel

Karen Kilimnik & Kim Gordon exhibit at 303 Gallery

Anja Kirschner & David Panos present "Ultimate Substance" at Vienna's Secession

Breathtaking works by the royal silversmith to the Maharaos of Kutch for sale at Bonhams

Corporal Jones' "Dad's Army" van to headline Bonhams museum collection sale

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- The finest opal ever unearthed will be publicly displayed for the first time in Australia

2.- Archaeologists report Kukulkan Pyramid at Chichen Itza built over an underground river

3.- United States returns long-lost Pablo Picasso painting "The Hairdresser" to France

4.- A year after discovery, no answers to a possible resting place of Alexander the Great

5.- National Art School Gallery presents major exhibition of work by Australian artist Rosemary Laing

6.- New Princess Diana wedding photographs up for auction at RR Auctions in Boston

7.- Gregory Crewdson's uncanny images of deceptively serene suburban life on view at the San Diego Museum of Art

8.- Foreigners, 10 men and 10 women, named to head some of Italy's greatest museums

9.- Tate Liverpool to show one of the most iconic works ever made by Henri Matisse

10.- Royals warn against paparazzi pictures of Prince George; Urged media to boycott their pictures



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemariasound.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site