Bad Readings

by Diane Hillebrand

department
exhibition design and scenography

Using (sceno)graphic, artistic, and performative resources, Diane Hillebrand’s diploma project Bad Readings engages in a multi-voiced critique and citational repetition of the exhibition If It’s For The People, It Needs To Be Beautiful, She Said by the artist Jeremiah Day, on view at the Kunstverein during the first half of the year. Bad Readings, also on show at Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe features manifestations of affective and bodily modes of experiencing an exhibition, which emerged in a workshop, convened by Diane Hillebrand at Badischer Kunstverein in August of 2020. Expressed in letters and artworks composed by the Bad Reading Group during their perusal of the exhibition, diverse experiences of reading the exhibition are on show. On the one hand, the letters thematize structural problems of exhibition-making, while on the other addressing concrete details of the experienced exhibition. The letter form encompasses personal experiences, preempts critical distance, and may be irreverent, intimate, or aggressive. A stuttering, a far-fetched interpretation, the sensation of boredom while reading a canonical text – “At one time or another, everyone has been a bad reader,” writes Tyler Bradway. The project adapts his affect- and queer-theoretical approach based on literary theory and understands exhibits, the bodies of visitors, building, rooms, texts, and graphics as components of a curatorial ‘text’. By these means, exhibitions can be interrogated with regard to their legibility, and new, illegitimate modes of reading are tried out. It is a question of reinterpreting these transgressions as insights, of generating apposite misunderstandings and performative omissions, and of manifesting these spatially, conceptually, and bodily, thereby propelling the grammar of curatorial practice into a productive crisis. Bad Reading Group: Jandra Böttger, Elio J Carranza, Severin Geißler, Diane Hillebrand, Bruno Jacoby, Cécile Kobel, Mathias Lempart, Arootin Mirzakhani, Esther Poppe, Johanna Schäfer, Tatjana Stürmer, Yana Tsegay Konzept & Szenografie: Diane Hillebrand Konzeptionelle Beratung: Moritz Nebenführ Exponate TV Studio Brief “WHAT AM I WILLING AND READY TO GIVE?”: Elio J Carranza Gestaltung: Bruno Jacoby Animation: Nicolas Geißler & Patrick Alan Banfield Postkarte “An die Carl-Schurz-Straße”: Jandra Böttger Gestaltung: Cécile Kobel Foto: Esther Poppe Postkarte “An die gesamte Situation”: Cécile Kobel Gestaltung: Cécile Kobel Zeichnung: Bad Reading Group Postkarte “Nach draußen an die Straße”: Cécile Kobel Gestaltung: Cécile Kobel Zeichnung: Bad Reading Group Postkarte “An die Situation”: Cécile Kobel Gestaltung: Cécile Kobel Zeichnung: Bad Reading Group Postkarte “An JD (Jeremiah Day)”: Cécile Kobel Gestaltung: Cécile Kobel Foto: Esther Poppe Postkarte “An JD und den großen Raum mit den Häusern”: Cécile Kobel Gestaltung: Cécile Kobel Foto: Severin Geißler Postkarte “An unseren Arbeitsraum”: Cécile Kobel Gestaltung: Cécile Kobel Foto: Esther Poppe Bad Reading Table: Diane Hillebrand & Tatjana Stürmer Umsetzung: Verena Zenker, Teresa Häußler, Maxim Weirich, Diane Hillebrand

Week 6

Rituals of the Now

How do we read and are read? On which basis do we evaluate what is wrong and right? Rituals of the Now goes deep into holy repetitions and sacred confirmations, some of which one might never locate in present times, while others being so intimately close to us that they would not be graspable without the performative lenses proposed by the featured artists, scenographers and art theorists.

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Bad Readings

Diane Hillebrand

In a Scenic Reading, members of the Bad Reading Group give an insight into the exhibition Bad Readings at Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe.

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Diane Hillebrand

In a Scenic Reading, members of the Bad Reading Group give an insight into the exhibition Bad Readings at Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe.