Autobiographies is the catalogue of third part or “act” in a series of exhibitions taking place in Bratislava (I Narrow Focus, June —August, 2005, Tranzit), Prague (I Já, May—June, 2006, Futura Gallery) and Vienna (Ich I Performative Ontology, September-November 2006, Secession) with a somewhat different constellation of artists in each, while its core, or perhaps the thematic sphere it contains, remains the same.

Instead of aiming to define the concept in philosophical terms, the exhibition is about what this definition of ontology cannot capture because it concerns a matrix that changes over time. Ontology exists only in particular lives, in individuals, in the ‘I’ in concrete time. Ontology interests us not as a verbal or theoretical dimension in the existence of the individual, but rather as a performative, temporal dimension. Which is why we speak of performative ontology.

Czech/English edition
Authors: Bas Jan Ader, , Pavel Braila, et al.
Editors: Vít Havránek
Translated by: the artists, Ivan Gutjerez
Publisher: Revolver Books/Secession Wien/tranzit.cz
Distributor: tranzit.cz (bookstore@tranzit.org)
City: Prague
Year: 2006
Pages: 81
ISBN/ISSN: 3-86588-320
Price: 420 CZK (17 €)

edited by Vít Havránek
published by: Revolver Books, Secession Wien, tranzit.cz

artists/authors: Bas Jan Ader, Johanna Billing, Pavel Braila, Ondřej Brody, Martin Creed, Alan Currall, Omer Fast, Stano Filko, Viktor Frešo, Lise Harlev, Vít Havránek, Saska Holmkvist, Jiří Kovanda, Ján Mančuška, Fiorenza Menini, Ivan Moudov, Roman Ondák, Boris Ondreička, Yan-Pei Ming, Jiří Skála, Evžen Šimera, Barbara Visser, Silvie Vondřejcová, Lawrence Weiner, Ella Ziegler

English edition
Prague, 2006
ISBN: 3-86588-320-6
81 pages, 297x210 mm, softcover
83 Images b/w, 1 color
distribution Revolver Books


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