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Book cover of Technoshamanism, HMKV Ausstellungs-magazin 2021/3, with man in white robot suit kneeling near street light. Published by Verlag Kettler.


HMKV Ausstellungs-magazin 2021/3

Edited by Inke Arns
By (author) Inke Arns
By (author) Erik Davis
By (author) Verena Kuni


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  • Contemporary artists inspired by Joseph Beuyrs explore techno-shamanism in the art of the digital age
  • Accompanies an exhibition at HMKV, Dortmund from 9 October 2021 to 6 March 2022
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This catalogue for a show at HMKV Dortmund explores techno-shamanism in the arts today, taking Joseph Beuys, who cultivated the figure of the shaman throughout his career, as the starting point. In addition to viewing shamanism itself as a form of technology, this artistic approach uses (speculative) technology as a way of discovering shamanic powers. Contemporary artists are updating Beuys’s strategies and themes for the digital age, deploying many of the same tropes. These acquired iconic status in Beuys’s oeuvre, and were aimed at healing and transforming society, cultivating a spiritual approach to the environment, and subverting power structures and the logic of capitalism. The positions introduced here combine aspects that appear diametrically opposed: technology and shamanism, technical progress and esotericism, rational modernism and the mystical tradition. Today’s artistic alchemists are engaged in a quest for “rare-earth elements” and metals, a fusion of the environment, technology, and artificial intelligence in order to create a technical/mythological description of the cosmos. Included here are works by: Morehshin Allahyari, Joseph Beuys, Mariechen Danz, Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, Lucile Olympe Haute, knowbotiq, Sahej Rahal, Tabita Rezaire, Jana Kerima Stolzer & Lex Rütten, Transformella (aLifveForm fed and cared for by JP Raether), Suzanne Treister, Anton Vidokle.

Text in English and German.

Verlag Kettler
18th Jul 2022
Paperback / softback
World excluding Germany, Austria, Switzerland
240 mm x 170 mm
220 Pages
51 color, 7 b&w
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