Metacritic Journal

for Comparative Studies and Theory

ISSN 2457 – 8827
Narvika Bovcon,   Aleš Vaupotič Narvika Bovcon, Aleš Vaupotič

A Network of Themes: A Qualitative Approach to Gerhard Richter's TEXT

Gerhard Richter's books Text – a collection of painter's verbal statements about his artistic method – and Atlas – 783 sheets with images, mainly photographs and visual notations – are two archives that complement the understanding of his diverse artistic practice. The paper presents a textual model that experimentally simulates a possible ordering principle for archives. Richter's statements in the book Text are cut up and used as short quotations. Those that relate to multiple aspects of the painter's oeuvre...   ⇨ Read more
Liviu Pop Liviu Pop

Tame or Be Tamed. Reactions to Archives from a Dark Past

The totalitarian states from the former east side of the Iron Curtain used the archives as a weapon of mass submission. By employing a huge network of formal and informal agents to spy on their own citizens, to prevent any unsettlement of the political status quo, and keeping records on anyone who had a certain level of social clout or institutional role in the society, those in power installed fear on all the levels of the society. Knowing that a certain kind of document about some possible crime against the...   ⇨ Read more