Ruth Anderwald, Karoline Feyertag, Leonhard Grond (Eds.)
Publication Series of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Volume 24
Publication date: November 2019
Distributed by the MIT Press, Art Data, and Les press du réel
The feelings of dizziness and vibrations are closely related. Most people experience vibrations at one point or another, and some even frequently. The unmistakable feeling of the body vibrating can be overwhelming. More often, though, the feeling is less distinct, and the vibrations are ignored or brushed aside as being caused by something else, like a truck passing, the floor rocking, a sudden spell of wobbliness. In dance and ritual, vibrations are made visible through the shaking of the performers. This shaking, as well as the vibrations that are sensed but unseen, can be understood as the first step in a transformation: a signal from phantom bodies, lost memories, and new identities trying to wriggle their way out. Joachim Koester (artist)
This book gets your head spinning. While being bombarded by daily reports of crises (both real and fictional), while destabilization has become normal and feelings of disorientation, fear, and dizziness have started to prevail in our everyday lives, the contributors to this book reverse this perspective by emphasizing that dizziness is a valuable resource. Dizziness—A Resource is the result of the cross-disciplinary research project initiated in 2014 by artistic duo Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond. What can we gain when balance is lost? How can anarchy and dizziness empower us? How can a cognitive vertigo fuel our cognition? Artists, scientists, philosophers, and art critics attempt to answer these questions and to show us how to navigate a world marked by unpredictable change. Małgorzata Ludwisiak (director, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw)
Dizziness—A Resource is a cross-disciplinary reader presenting the findings of the eponymous long-term artistic research project initiated by artists Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond and co-edited with their collaborator, philosopher Karoline Feyertag. Indeed, dizziness is more than feeling dizzy. Contributions by artists, researchers from experimental sciences as well as cultural studies, and philosophers trace dizziness not only as a phenomenon of physiological, emotional, and cognitive processes but highlight the transversal nature of the phenomenon. The book puts dizziness as today’s conditio humana to the test, scrutinizing individual as well as collective states of unbalance, confusion, and disorientation. Yet, the programmatic claim of the editors is that these states of dizziness can be regarded as a resource – at least with regard to artistic research, philosophy, and current socio-political landscapes.
With contributions by Ruth Anderwald, Mathias Benedek, Oliver A. I. Botar, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Davide Deriu, Karoline Feyertag, Leonhard Grond, Sarah Kolb, François Jullien, Rebekka Ladewig, Jarosław Lubiak, Alice Pechriggl, Oliver Ressler, Maya M. Shmailov, Maria Spindler, Marcus Steinweg.
Photo: Zoe Leonard, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.