Ulrike Gerhardt

Ulrike Gerhardt is the artistic director of D’EST. As a cultural studies scholar and curator, she is currently researching cultural memory concerning post-socialist transformation within the framework of her PhD project Language, Body, Indices. Cultural Memory on the Transformation in Post-Socialist Video Art. For this, she is analyzing the ways in which video works by female artists and collectives deal with language, corporeality, and cultural indices. In 2017 she co-organized the public seminar Female Identities in the Post-Utopian. Perspectives on Post-Socialism from Art and Theory (with Prof. Lene Markusen) as well as the international conference (Hi)Stories in Art after the End of the Cold War (with Prof. Dr. Melanie Franke).

ONLINE: Screening Chapter #4

The Body as an Indexical Reader

The chapter examines the body as a collective, as a singular entity, as a social choreography of an alliance of states, as an organless, cognitive-capitalist, cerebral network, as a corporeal reading instrument of past, former socialist indices, as a place of textual and discursive inscription, but also as a genuine place of affective encounters and material practices. The curators focus on video works and films that flare up the affective, somaesthetic, relational and transformative potentials of the body after 1989 / 1991.

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