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See detailKatilim Kabusu
Miessen, Markus UL; Doğan, Bülent

Book published by Metis Kitap (2013)

Turkish translation of The Nightmare of Participation Welcome to Harmonistan! Berlin-based architect/writer Markus Miessen tackles the pervasive contemporary overuse of the concept of ''participation'' in ... [more ▼]

Turkish translation of The Nightmare of Participation Welcome to Harmonistan! Berlin-based architect/writer Markus Miessen tackles the pervasive contemporary overuse of the concept of ''participation'' in the final part of his paradigm-changing trilogy. Supported by a nostalgic veneer of worthiness, phony solidarity and political correctness, participation has become the default of politicians withdrawing from responsibility. Miessen argues for an urgent inversion of participation, reflecting cogently on the limits and traps of its real motivations. He dreads breeding the next generation of facilitators and mediators, insisting on conflict as an enabling, instead of disabling, force. With refreshing candor, this internationally known architect and professor outlines a format for acting as uninvited irritant, forcing entry into fields of knowledge that arguably benefit from exterior thinking. Sometimes, Miessen writes, democracy has to be avoided at all costs! [less ▲]

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See detail参与的恶梦
Miessen, Markus UL; Zijian, Weng

Book published by 翁子健 金城出版社 (2013)

Chinese Translation of The Nightmare of Participation Welcome to Harmonistan! Berlin-based architect/writer Markus Miessen tackles the pervasive contemporary overuse of the concept of ''participation'' in ... [more ▼]

Chinese Translation of The Nightmare of Participation Welcome to Harmonistan! Berlin-based architect/writer Markus Miessen tackles the pervasive contemporary overuse of the concept of ''participation'' in the final part of his paradigm-changing trilogy. Supported by a nostalgic veneer of worthiness, phony solidarity and political correctness, participation has become the default of politicians withdrawing from responsibility. Miessen argues for an urgent inversion of participation, reflecting cogently on the limits and traps of its real motivations. He dreads breeding the next generation of facilitators and mediators, insisting on conflict as an enabling, instead of disabling, force. With refreshing candor, this internationally known architect and professor outlines a format for acting as uninvited irritant, forcing entry into fields of knowledge that arguably benefit from exterior thinking. Sometimes, Miessen writes, democracy has to be avoided at all costs! [less ▲]

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See detailWhat’s Next?
Hedinger, Johannes; Meyer, Torsten; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Kulturverlag Kadmos (2013)

Die Welt ist im Wandel und mit ihr die Kunst. Was ist die nächste Kunst? Welche Themen werden künftig wichtig? Welche Formen, Methoden, Verfahrensweisen und Praktiken setzen sich durch? Wie bildet sich ... [more ▼]

Die Welt ist im Wandel und mit ihr die Kunst. Was ist die nächste Kunst? Welche Themen werden künftig wichtig? Welche Formen, Methoden, Verfahrensweisen und Praktiken setzen sich durch? Wie bildet sich Zukunft in den Künsten, im Design, den neuen Medien und der Creative Industries? Und welchen Einfluss haben dabei Krisen? Der Reader diskutiert in Theorie und Praxis und auf breiter Phänomen- und Literaturgrundlage Möglichkeiten der Kunst der nächsten Gesellschaft, den sich ankündigenden Paradigmenwechsel, die neusten Entwicklungen des System ›Kunst‹ sowie die gewandelten Bedingungen von Produktion, Distribution und Rezeption von Kunst heute in einem globalen Kontext. Versammelt sind 177 Essays und Interviews sowie über 150 Thesen, Manifeste und Zitate von insgesamt 304 Autoren zum Thema des möglichen Nächsten. Sie entstammen einer Zeitspanne von etwa 3000 Jahren, wobei die Mehrheit der Beiträge aus den letzten drei Jahren datiert ist. Darunter finden sich so unterschiedliche Denkanstöße von Dirk Baecker, Hans Belting, Luc Boltanski, Nicolas Bourriaud, Bazon Brock, Judith Butler, Ève Chiapello, Carolyn Christov-Barkargiev, Chris Dercon, Diedrich Diederichsen, Hal Foster, Andrea Fraser, David Graeber, Isabelle Graw, Boris Groys, Jörg Heiser, Thomas Hirschhorn, Naomi Klein, Maurizio Lazaratto, Ben Lewis, Chus Martinez, Jonathan Meese, Markus Miessen, Carmen Mörsch, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jacques Rancière, Milo Rau, Gerald Raunig, Andreas Reckwitz, Irit Rogoff, Jerry Saltz, Tomáš Sedlácek, Tino Sehgal, Peter Sloterdijk, Hito Steyerl, The Yes Men, Wolfgang Ullrich, Jan Verwoert, Anton Vidokle, Peter Weibel, Beat Wyss, Slavoj Žižek oder Artur Zmijewski und vielen anderen. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign Anthropology 2013 Peter Lang Edited by Yana Milev
Milev, Yana; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Peter Lang (2013)

«D.A.» represents a cultural science handbook of «Design Anthropology», providing an epistemology, phenomenology and survey of the varieties of the extended concept of design. Here the design concept is ... [more ▼]

«D.A.» represents a cultural science handbook of «Design Anthropology», providing an epistemology, phenomenology and survey of the varieties of the extended concept of design. Here the design concept is placed at the centre of the nexus of meaning of cultural production that rests on the three pillars Segno, Mythus and Techne. Anthropological design research is trans-disciplinary, developing in the connexion between Visual Culture (signal, in/visibility, image/void, imagination, representation), Doing Culture (act, cooperation, relation, fabrication, exchange), Material Culture (object, artefact, thing, facing, texture), Knowledge Culture (techniques, practices, norms, beliefs, values), Narrative Culture (mythology, significance, meaning, memory, identity), Critical Culture (watching, criterion, antagonism, crisis, theory) and Aesthetic Culture (emotion, sentiment, taste, feel, sense). It is only against this background that the complex anthropological dimension of Design Culture can be understood, extending far beyond the horizon of a design science concept of design, industry-near design thinking and marketing, or a product-oriented concept of manufacture. «Design Anthropology» is the research field of the «Coming Community», which has been founded here with a «D.A.» fraternity of more than 100 contributions, partners and friends. Through «D.A.» Yana Milev has formulated the theoretical and curatorial foundation for an extended concept of design that she has been representing and practicing since the 1990s in the context of the arts, rendering it now as «Anthropo Design». [less ▲]

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See detailElmgreen & Dragset: A Space Called Public
Elmgreen; Dragset; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Hatje Cantz (2013)

The project aims to inspire a renewed debate about the concept of public space today. Like many other major European cities, Munich is confronted with the need to address the significance and value of ... [more ▼]

The project aims to inspire a renewed debate about the concept of public space today. Like many other major European cities, Munich is confronted with the need to address the significance and value of public space as the relevance of the public sphere undergoes a potentially fundamental shift. Public space has traditionally functioned as a place of assembly, for exchanging ideas, and a forum for urban society. However, due to the impact of digital and social media, these activities are now increasingly moving into the virtual realm. Taking this technological and, by extension, social, shift as a starting-point, A Space Called Public / Hoffentlich Öffentlich poses questions concerning the redefinition of public space. How does a city constitute its own identity in 2013? The program consists of performative, interactive and idea-based projects as well as other non-monumental statements. Its open structure is designed to take place over many months, creating space for curiosity, discovery and a dialogue with the public as the individual artistic strands evolve together. The exhibition features works by Iván Argote & Pauline Bastard, Han Chong, Funda, Stephen Hall & Li Li Ren, Robert Keil & Helin Alas, Martin Kippenberger, Ragnar Kjartansson, Alexander Laner, Namill, Henrik Olesen, Kirsten Pieroth, Ed Ruscha, David Shrigley, Sissel Tolaas, Tatiana Trouvé, Peter Weibel and Elmgreen & Dragset. A special event will take place onJune 6 to mark the occasion of all projects being on view. [less ▲]

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See detailGwangju Folly II
Ulrich Obrist, Hans; Hirsch, Nikolaus; Chun, Eui Young et al

Book published by Hatje Cantz (2013)

Throughout history, follies have been used widely in architecture, visual arts, and literature as a provocation, a frivolous diversion or strategic place of madness and satire freed from the constraints ... [more ▼]

Throughout history, follies have been used widely in architecture, visual arts, and literature as a provocation, a frivolous diversion or strategic place of madness and satire freed from the constraints of societal norms. Since their initial inception in landscape gardens, follies have been used as medium or object, oscillating between aesthetic autonomy and social-political potential. Placed in contemporary cities, follies become critical tools to test the constitution and transformative potential of public space. Revisiting some of these historic sites, a series of eight newly commissioned follies forge links between every day uses and political practice linking contemporary Gwangju and a global political arena. The book takes the form of a glossary, situating the eight new Follies within a broader cultural discourse and presents the projects curated by Nikolaus Hirsch, Philipp Misselwitz, and Eui Young Chun as “foolosophy.” [less ▲]

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See detailAttimi Fondamentali
Benassi, Riccardo; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Mousse Publishing (2013)

"Inhabiting different roles – such as writer, photographer, performer, musician, designer, sculptor – for Riccardo Benassi seems to be a productive and genuine method to meet people, to open up the ... [more ▼]

"Inhabiting different roles – such as writer, photographer, performer, musician, designer, sculptor – for Riccardo Benassi seems to be a productive and genuine method to meet people, to open up the spectrum of possibilities for new encounters, collaborations, and productions. The gap, the interstice, is the territory for his actions. 
It seems evident that, today, one's role as a hermetic professional has become, at least in the field of cultural production, increasingly insignificant. What counts, at the end of the day, is a recognizable product, whether this is an actual artwork, a book, a building, a conference, or a curated show. The question, however, that arises is what are the mechanisms that make this work possible, what are the variables that have produced this work and how can one generate an integrated distribution of its core idea and knowledge, which has been produced along its becoming." (Markus Miessen, excerpt from Never Take Final Sides. On Riccardo Benassi's Practice, 2012) Published for his solo show at Museo Marino Marini in Florence, Attimi Fondamentali by Riccardo Benassi develops through heterogeneous contributions and reflections – provided for the occasion by the writer and philosopher Franco “Bifo” Berardi, the architects Gian Piero Frassinelli and Markus Miessen, the artist Liam Gillick and the chief curator of the Florentine institution, Alberto Salvadori – that attempt to challenge a technicist, professionalizing view of the role of the artist. The triggering of these mechanisms is based on the artist’s desire to activate experiences through which freedom of thought and action can move towards new experiential limits, as the most effective tool – in Benassi’s view – for artistic expression and investigation. [less ▲]

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See detailSpace Matters
Feireiss, Lukas; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Ambra Verlag (2013)

As the subject of earnest discussion, the meaning of space reaches far beyond the horizon of a single discipline. Lukas Feiriss has assembled a collection of international contributions for Space Matters ... [more ▼]

As the subject of earnest discussion, the meaning of space reaches far beyond the horizon of a single discipline. Lukas Feiriss has assembled a collection of international contributions for Space Matters, a publication of the space & design strategies study program of the Univeristy of Art and Design, Linz, Austria to create an inspiring expansion of the contemporary discourse on space. The publication addresses cultural resarchers and readers in creative professions – architects, artists, curators, scientists and students in all the related fields as well as those members of a broader audience that are interested in the incorporation of space and the pratices with which it is designed in cultural, social and humanities-oriented contexts. [less ▲]

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See detailEvident in Advance
Farkas, Denes; Budak, Adam; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Sternberg Press (2013)

“If I don’t trust this evidence why should I trust any evidence?," Wittgenstein asked himself in "On Certainty." Dénes Farkas’s work is haunted by a drama of not delivering a trust to a singular evidence ... [more ▼]

“If I don’t trust this evidence why should I trust any evidence?," Wittgenstein asked himself in "On Certainty." Dénes Farkas’s work is haunted by a drama of not delivering a trust to a singular evidence of this world: a world as he found it. Hysterically reproduced paper maquettes of choreographed architecture, imprisoned within a clumsy, photographic frame, are abstract shelters for imagined and unspoken texts. Words are characters in performance of a world as a text. As a proposition, Farkas’s exhibition and publication for the Estonian Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 is "an absent book" and yet "the book to come." The installation is a piece of spatial, rhythmical writing; a quintet of interiors woven of autonomous though intertwined, poetic fragments of quasi-domestic setting: a library, a garden, an absent cinema, a spatial book, an obsession chamber (a locus of deranged architect and non-writer). "A story? No. No stories, never again," Farkas repeats after Maurice Blanchot, while rehearsing his art of ultimate denial and rejection. [less ▲]

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See detailShadow Architecture: Part I. Street Vending
Wasilkowska, Aleksandra; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by The Other Space Foundation (2013)

Shadow Architecture. Part I. Street Vending is the first text in a series about art&architecture, informal economy, street trade and vendors, and their role in shaping modern cities all over the world ... [more ▼]

Shadow Architecture. Part I. Street Vending is the first text in a series about art&architecture, informal economy, street trade and vendors, and their role in shaping modern cities all over the world. Project developed by Aleksandra Wasilkowska in cooperation with The Other Space Foundation / Fundacja Inna Przestrzeń. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the City of Warsaw. Coordination: Julia Missala, Proofreading - Polish version: Monika Buraczyńska, cooperation: Katarzyna Kolibabska Proofreading - English version: Anna Krawczyk, assistance: Monika Heppner Translation: Anna Artymiuk, Maciej Graca, Małgorzata Nowicka, Ewa Talewska, Łukasz Witczak, Lidex [less ▲]

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See detailGermaine Koh: Weather Systems
Cook, Sarah; Miessen, Markus UL; Startsev, Yulia

Book published by ABC Art Books (2013)

'Weather Systems' features work by the Vancouver-based artist from the past two decades as well as new works made specifically for the exhibition. Koh's artistic practice focuses on the interrelatedness ... [more ▼]

'Weather Systems' features work by the Vancouver-based artist from the past two decades as well as new works made specifically for the exhibition. Koh's artistic practice focuses on the interrelatedness of conditions in the built and natural environment that otherwise seem unrelated. Her work can even intervene in the institution itself to reveal tensions between the public and private realms, as in the case of 'Player's, a fog machine situated outdoors that transmits Morse code versions of data entered on a computer within the Gallery. By bringing together apparently unrelated activity and transposing one site onto another, Koh shifts expectations of these systems so they can be experienced from a new perspective. This generously illustrated oversized textured hardcover publication is in itself a work of art. [less ▲]

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See detailInstitutions by Artists
Khonsary, Jeff; Lee Podesva, Kristina; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Fillip Editions (2013)

Artist-run initiatives in North America provide a space for the presentation and legitimization of experimental work and for the assertion of socially progressive and politically radical ideas and ... [more ▼]

Artist-run initiatives in North America provide a space for the presentation and legitimization of experimental work and for the assertion of socially progressive and politically radical ideas and questions. In making such spaces available, artist-run initiatives have operated alternately as flash points for heated debates and controversies, as well as platforms for social understanding. Institutions by Artists: Volume One presents a collection of texts addressing the performance and promise of contemporary global artist-run centres and initiatives within the historical contexts that saw their emergence. The texts address centres in Amman (Jordan), Brisbane (Australia), Vancouver (Canada), Zurich (Switzerland), Tokyo (Japan), and Barcelona (Spain), among others. The book is published as part of Fillip’s ongoing Folio Series, which presents anthologies of new and previously published essays on international contemporary art. [less ▲]

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See detailInstitutional Attitudes Instituting Art in a Flat World
Gielen, Pascal; Miessen, Markus UL

Book published by Valiz (2013)

Today's networked society offers us many possibilities for transmitting information, for interactive communication, mobility and flexibility. It also has a latent side effect: it renders the world 'flat ... [more ▼]

Today's networked society offers us many possibilities for transmitting information, for interactive communication, mobility and flexibility. It also has a latent side effect: it renders the world 'flat.' Time-honored hierarchies, traditions, elites and canons are subject to the challenge of eroding movements. In such a flattened, horizontal world, art institutions are finding it hard to survive. After all, institutions traditionally represent verticality: historic profundity, tradition, dignity and certainty. In Institutional Attitudes, Kenny Cupers, Bart De Baere, Ann Demeester, Jimmie Durham, Alex Farquharson, Mark Fisher, Pascal Gielen, Marc Jacobs, Sonja Lavaert, Thijs Lijster, Isabell Lorey, Markus Miessen, Chantal Mouffe, Gerald Raunig, Patricia Reed, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Blake Stimson explore the future identity of art institutions. Will they be able to reinvent historical profundity? Is this desirable? And if so, what would these new vertical institutions look like? [less ▲]

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See detailLyrik aus dem Land der weissen Wolke.
Steveker, Lena UL

Article for general public (2012)

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See detailStress and Aggression – The influence of stress on processing of provoking stimuli during a retaliation paradigm- an ERP study
Dierolf, Angelika UL; Fechtner, Julia; Naumann, Ewald

Scientific Conference (2012, July)

Many studies suggest a vicious circle between stress and aggression. But its physiological basis is not fully understood. Trait aggression and externalizing behavior are characterized by reduced P3 waves ... [more ▼]

Many studies suggest a vicious circle between stress and aggression. But its physiological basis is not fully understood. Trait aggression and externalizing behavior are characterized by reduced P3 waves in Event Related Potentials (ERP). Stress affects the processing of aggression related stimuli. Moreover, the stress hormone cortisol enhances the attention to social threat and the propensity for aggression. The aim of the present study was to asses the effect of acute stress and the concomitant cortisol release on the processing of provoking stimuli during an aggressive encounter using the Taylor Aggression Paradigm (TAP). 71 healthy participants (36 men) were subjected to the socially evaluated cold pressor test as an experimental stressor or to a warm pressor test (control condition). Half of each group received high or low levels of provocation in the TAP. Throughout the experiment EEG was recorded, and salivary cortisol was collected. Stressed participants were divided into cortisol-responders and –non responders. Event-related potentials during provoking stimuli revealed that highly provoked participants had a more positive P3 amplitude (fronto-central) compared to hardly provoked participants, replicating previous findings. Increased cortisol combined with provocation led to a reduced P3 amplitude and reduced late positive potentials in cortisol-responders. The results suggest that an interaction between stressor-induced cortisol and provocation affects the processing of conflict signals and contributes to a vicious cycle between stress and aggression. [less ▲]

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See detailAutoportret no. 37 Nowe Spojrzenie na demokracje
Mouffe, Chantal; Miessen, Markus UL

in Autoportret (2012)

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See detailZeit Online Albtraum Partizipation
Grassegger, Hannes; Miessen, Markus UL

in Zeit Online Albtraum Partizipation (2012)

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See detailSpike – art quarterly no. 32 Der Crossbench-Praktiker
Miessen, Markus UL

in Spike (2012), 32

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Peer Reviewed
See detailEinfluss von akutem Stress & Provokation auf die Verarbeitung emotionaler Bilder
Dierolf, Angelika UL; Fechtner, Julia; Naumann, Ewald

in Miltner, Wolfgang; Weiss, Thomas (Eds.) Prorgammheft und Abstractband der PuG 2012 (2012, June)

Research has shown that the stress hormone cortisol is important for the regulation of social motivational processes. Besides, aggression is a common behavior which is frequently involved in changes in ... [more ▼]

Research has shown that the stress hormone cortisol is important for the regulation of social motivational processes. Besides, aggression is a common behavior which is frequently involved in changes in higher level information processing patterns. However, the influence of the interaction between both on information processing has been hardly examined, even though there is some evidence that cortisol plays a crucial role in the attention to social threat and release of aggressive behavior. Thus, the aim of the present study was to access the effect of acute stress, the thereby caused cortisol release and provocation on affective picture processing. 71 healthy subjects were subjected to the socially evaluated cold pressor test or warm pressor test (control condition). Half of each group received high or low levels of provocation during the Taylor Aggression Paradigm. Afterwards, 144 emotional pictures with positive, negative or aggressive content were presented. Throughout the experiment EEG was recorded and acute levels of salivary cortisol were collected. Established effects within the event-related potentials depending on the presented emotion could be replicated. Moreover, preliminary results indicate that event-related earlier (N2, P2), as well as later components (P3, slow waves) are complexly influenced by endogenous cortisol and provocation, suggesting an effect on various stages of socially relevant information processing of stimuli. [less ▲]

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