How does contemporary art from Japan, Europe, Korea, Thailand or Pakistan differ? Are there connections between the pre-colonial image production of African countries and today’s contemporary art? What is our image of Africa and how do artists and curators deal with it? How does a Chinese composer who studied with the various major players in new music in Germany deal with his own country’s tradition? Dietrich Heißenbüttel deals with these and other questions in the essays in this volume.
According to Heissenbüttel’s thesis, which underlies all of the volume’s essays: »Modern art was never a solely European invention. From the beginning, it is one of those ‘third spaces’ that Homi K Bhabha speaks of, a space in which various notions of art are ne-gotiated.«
Dietrich Heißenbüttel, born in 1956 in Hamburg and a Solitude fellow in 2003/2004, is an art historian and journalist. He works for springerin – Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and other publications.