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No Dandy, No Fun. Looking Good as Things Fall Apart

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€18.00

232 pages
Edited by Valérie Knoll and Hannes Loichinger
Design by HIT
18 x 11.5 cm
Language: English
Paperback
Publisher: Kunsthalle Bern & Sternberg Press
English edition
2023

A cultural examination of the enigmatically iconic figure of the Dandy, both in history and as a figure for the future.

As the old order collapses, the dandy makes no claim to be leading an exemplary life. He does not defend property or privileges. He finds conflicts over the distribution of goods distasteful. To the dandy, any kind of war, even a war of liberation, seems an affair of the benighted, of those who don't realise that the only point of putting on a uniform is to look good in it. As an ascetic, he has always been in favour of less of everything, and opposed to any claims to novelty, which generally prove to be little more than advertising for a new product. The dandy doesn't ask how he wants to live; he lives, albeit with a sad countenance. He proposes no solutions, and denounces nothing as false—since he makes no declarations of any kind. He simply plays a different game.

The essay follows the traces of this masquerade ball, moving among accounts of lives as they were lived, literary sketches and performances in the visual arts down to the present day. In a time of transition, it sifts through tactics in order to find a way towards a self-determined future.

Published following the eponymous exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern in 2020-2021.

With Kai Althoff, Lutz Bacher, Kévin Blinderman / Pierre-Alexandre Mateos / Charles Teyssou, Marcel Broodthaers, Ursula Böckler, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Hanne Darboven, Stephan Dillemuth, Victoire Douniama, Lukas Duwenhögger, Cerith Wyn Evans, Sylvie Fleury, Andrea Fraser, Sophie Gogl, Gogo Graham, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, David Hammons, Birgit Jürgenssen, K Foundation, John Kelsey, Michael Krebber, Miriam Laura Leonardi, David Lieske, Mathieu Malouf, Ulrike Ottinger, Mathias Poledna, Raymond Roussel, Heji Shin, Reena Spaulings, Sturtevant, Bernadette Van-Huy, James McNeill Whistler, Virginia Woolf.