Alexander García Düttmann
Non-participatory art

Alexander García Düttmann (Berlin)
Non-participatory art

By promoting participation, contemporary art frequently turns out to be non-participatory. But how do art, participation and non-participation interact with each other?

Alexander García Düttmann is professor of aesthetics at the University of Arts in Berlin. He was born in Barcelona, studied philosophy under Alfred Schmidt and Jacques Derrida, and spent twenty years living and teaching in England. In February 2015 he published the book Was weiß Kunst? Für eine Ästhetik des Widerstands (What does art know? For an aesthetics of resistance; Konstanz University Press). He is currently preparing to publish another book: Gegen die Selbsterhaltung. Ernst und Unernst des Denkens (Against self-preservation. The serious and frivolous aspects of thinking). In 2011 he published Teilnahme. Bewusstsein des Scheins  (Participation: consciousness of semblance; Konstanz University Press), and the following year Naive Kunst. Ein Versuch über das Glück  (Naïve art: an essay on happiness; August Verlag).