Abstracts for Lettre Internationale (Denmark) 17 (2007)
Lars Bent Petersen
Art is soccer
A comment on this summer’s European biennials and their claimed close relation to the art of soccer.
Karsten Wind Meyhoff & Andreas Harbsmeier
An aesthetic renewal of journalism
Has the world become too complex for Danish journalism?
FEATURE: EUROPE – ART, DOCUMENTARY, ACTIVISM
Poetics of documentary
According to Rancière, the documentary is a form of fiction both more homogeneous and more complex than traditional fiction. It is more homogeneous, because the same person both invents and directs the film. And it is more complex, because it often combines heterogeneous images.
Christoffer Boe & Carsten Jensen in conversation with Peter Schepelern
Do cabin boys and anarchists exist?
A conversation between film-maker Christoffer Boe and author Carsten Jensen on their latest works and the art of mixing reality with fiction.
Pages that have been torn out of the book of cultural history
Traditionally, the critical documentary film has sided with the left wing. Nicole Brenez writes the history of film-makers who have taken part in struggles for liberty with their cameras, weapons, or both.
Ethics of commitment
British philosopher Simon Critchley searches for a form of political resistance without nostalgia for the revolutionary violence of the past.
The power of truth
According to Swedish reporter Sven Lindqvist, the most powerful kind of art is based on reality. In this essay, he argues that one should always stick to the truth and search for confrontation – even when the truth becomes so frightening that people close their eyes to it.
Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen & Das Beckwerk in conversation with Peder Holm-Pedersen
“Hey you, critical artist!”
How to revolt against capitalism without ending up as its mouthpiece? A conversation on the dissolution of stable identities as a possible strategy.
At war with Åsne Seierstad
The Norwegian journalist and author Åsne Seierstad has reported from numerous armed conflicts over the past ten years. She has been praised for her persistence and courage, but also criticised of adopting a too literary style.
THE ART OF REPORTAGE
Fear and money in Dubai
A reportage from the Emirate of Dubai where spectacular skyscrapers, theme parks, transparent underwater hotels, and artificial islands are being constructed by underpaid immigrant workers for the benefit of the world’s richest people.
Back in the ghetto
Swedish author Göran Rosenberg writes about his recent journey to Israel to attend his aunt’s funeral – a land of lost chances, spoiled dreams of independence and peace, where insanity seems to be part of everyday life.
FEATURE: THE ORGANISM OF CULTURE
An introduction to the Anthropophagic movement.
Oswald de Andrade
Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade wrote this manifesto in 1928, expressing the idea of cultural cannibalism (anthropophagy).
How to survive in today’s changing world with no borders? According to Brazilian psychoanalyst and critic Suely Rolnik, the Anthropophagic movement may have the solution to the problem with their idea of consuming and mixing cultures from all over the world according to personal taste. This cannibalistic procedure creates the possibility of an open subjectivity that matches the changes of the world and of identity.
Books: A tribute to the translators
A comment on the recent boom in translations of modern philosophers such as Heidegger, Schopenhauer and Walter Benjamin into Danish.
Sofie Vestergaard Jørgensen
Interview: Five questions for Lone Frank
Five questions for the Danish neurobiologist and scientific journalist Lone Frank on the latest results in brain research.