By Barbara Bolt

It truly is often commented that Heidegger writes impenetrable texts which are tough to learn and understand, yet he additionally, as Barbara Bolt demonstrates during this transparent, unique consultant to his oeuvre, offers an "artists' consultant to the world." Heidegger Reframed grounds Heidegger's writings within the severe questions confronting modern visible artists and scholars of paintings. Barbara Bolt takes the main appropriate of his texts, together with his most renowned paintings, Being and Time, and units out methods of brooding about artwork in a post-medium, electronic, technocratic, and post-human age. She does so throughout the body of works through overseas artists, together with Sophie Calle, Anish Kapoor, and Anselm Keifer. A word list of phrases completes this complete and transparent better half to Heidegger.

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Creation is such a bringing forth. (OWA: 187) The context In his catalogue essay ‘Anish Kapoor: making emptiness’ (1998), Homi Bhabha tells of his first viewing of Anish Kapoor’s sculpture Ghost (1997): It was a day of rain and dust as AK (Anish Kapoor) and I drove into the stoneyard. You said, ‘I want you to see something,’ pointing to a shrouded dark stone, its light blinded by dust (Ghost, Kilkenny limestone). As we approach the rough-hewn stone, its irregular mass effortlessly, unconsciously awaits our audience.

The reference to grounding or ground that is earth recalls the figure/ground relationship we struggle with in drawing. While the page or canvas may appear empty, it is not. Rather it is already full of the preconceived notions of what a painting or drawing is, the history of painting or drawing, one’s own history and habitual making. It is also full of potential or infinite possibility. The format provides the frame for this negotiation of strife between earth and world. As we make marks and define contours on the paper, a figure emerges out of the ground.

The difference between an actual human being signing the email ‘Take care of yourself’ and ‘care’ as a fundamental character of Dasein’s involvements in the world is what Heidegger calls the ontological difference. In our everyday world we get so caught up in life – in the trials and tribulations of our work, family, friends and activities (artworks to make, articles to read, papers to write, bills to pay, groceries to buy, TV programmes to watch, friends to ring or text, concerts to go to) that we rarely pause to wonder about what this all means for us as human beings, or even what being a human being really is.

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