documenta X - home June 21 - September 28, 1997
100 Days - 100 Guests
In »100 Days - 100 Guests«, thinkers and doers from all over the world will step into action together with filmmakers, writers and artists alongside philosophers, economists and architects. Each will present either a lecture, a discussion or an artistic offering. Here the focus will be on film, theatre, music and literature. One objective will be to reflect the multiplicity of contemporary cultures - including non-European cultures in particular - and to present them as fully, vividly and flexibly as possible.
documenta-press release, early 1997

Press Information
on »100 Days - 100 Guests«, June 1997

The Torture of Enlightenment
Critical commentary by Sabine Vogel
documenta-Halle

Vortragssaal

documenta-Halle, Wallpaper by Peter Kogler (photo above)
Auditorium 100 Days - 100 Guests
Even the design of the chairs by Franz West make one think that the »non-Western« world is one of the central points of the series of events. Unbelievable, when one recalls the aversion that C. David has to every form of folklore. Or would it only be considered folklore if it had been done by an African artist, and not by a well-known »Westerner«? Franz West: Chairs
Guests and Themes
Participants from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as contributions
which have something directly to do with this part of the world.

21.6. Edward Saïd, Philosopher, USA
Opening night

22.6. Rem Koolhaas, architect, Netherlands
New Urbanism: Pearl River Delta (China), 1996

28.6. Raoul Peck, filmmaker, Haïti
29.6. Cabelo, Tunga, Lilian Zaremba. Künstler, Brazil
Crab Nebula Project, 1997. Live broadcast by Hessischen Rundfunks

30.6. Valentin Yves Mudimbe, writer, Zaire/USA
»Reprendre«: Enunciations and Strategies in Contemporary African Arts

03.7. Okwui Enwezor, artistic director Johannesburg-Biennale 1997, Nigeria/USA
Biennials Reconsidered: The 2nd Johannesburg Biennale

05.7. Fethi Benslama, psychoanalyst, Tunisia/France
The Identity Crisis in Islam

06.7. Suely Rolnik, psychoanalyst, Brazil
Addicts of Identity: Subjectivity in Times of Globalization

07.7. Suely Rolnik, psychoanalyst, Brazil
The Hybrid of Lygia Clark

10.7. Abderrahmane Sissako, filmmaker, Mauritania/Mali/France.
Discussion with him.

18.7. Ackbar Abbas, culture critic, Hong Kong/China
Hong Kong: Urban Space and Disappearance

20.7. Etienne Balibar, philosopher, France
Is There Such a Thing as a »World Culture«?

21.7. Ariella Azoulay, art critic, Israel
Stories of hands: Becoming »Neturalized« in Jerusalem. Speaks about the artists Aya & Gal Middle East.

22.7. Carlos Basualdo, art critic, Argentina/USA
Models of Identity: The works of Dan Graham and Hélio Oiticica

24.7. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, culture critic, India/USA
Culture and / as »Culture«

30.7. Geeta Kapur, art historian, India.
Crackle in the Code: How to interrupt the clean course of critical transcendence.
See our interview with Geeta Kapur.

01.8. Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Sophia Telles Silva, architect/archit. historian, Brazil
Contemporary forms of urbanism in Brazil, popular culture and sense of community spirit (architecture as a narrative art)

04.8. Yang Lian, Dichter, China/Great Britain
Concentric circles - to rediscover the Chinese cultural tradition by oneself

05.8. Paulo Herckenhoff, director Biennial of São Paulo, Brazil
Biennials recosidered: The 23rd São Paulo Biennial

06.8. Catherine David and Yang Lian, Dichter, China/Great Britain
Conversation about the video-works of the Chinese artist Wang Jianwei

08.8. Michael Oppitz, anthropologist, Germany/Switzerland
The Impact of globalization on oral traditions

11.8. Johan Grimonprez, artist, born in Trinidad, USA/Belgium
Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, 1995-1997

17.8. Ery Camara, art critic, Senegal/Mexico
The museum: A Still Life?

18.8. Colette Braeckman, journalist, Belgium
The genocide in Ruanda, the evolution of the problems of the refugees and the analysis of their return

20.8. Masao Miyoshi, culture critic, Japan/USA
The sites of culture

11.9. Tierno Monénembo, writer, Guinea/France
The World of Exile.

18.9. Ea Sola, choreographer, Vietnam/France
Double Memories.

22.9. Sarat Maharaj, art historian, South Africa/Great Britain
A strife of tongues.

23.9. Matthew Ngui, artist, Singapore/Australia
28.9. Wole Soyinka, writer, Nigeria
Art and the ethnocentric vision
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