Ulrike Gerhardt

Ulrike Gerhardt is the artistic director of D’EST since its founding in 2016. As a cultural studies scholar and curator, she has been researching cultural memory concerning the reverberations of post-socialist transformation. For her PhD, she analyzed the ways in which video works by female artists and collectives of the “generation transformation” deal with the experiences of Perestroika, migration, globalization, ecosystems of damage and indexical landscapes after 1989 / 1991. Currently she works as a postdoctoral researcher for the SNSF-project Artistic Strategies to Re-View History since the 1990s (short title: Images of History in Contemporary Art), an art historical research project exploring counter-historical imaginaries since the end of the Cold War.

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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