C. Schäfer and M. Czenki are diluting the purity of what they do as artists.

Interviewee: Grant Kester

I’m thinking of the example of the artists Christoph Schäfer and Margit Czenki in Hamburg. They aren’t plagued by any great anxiety that they are somehow diluting the purity of their artistic practice by opening it up to elements of participatory planning. That doesn’t mean that they are not critical of the conventions of participatory planning, but that they are in dialogue with it. And this dialogue involves a reciprocal interrogation of both art and participatory planning, rather than identifying planning as the always complicit Other against which one levels a transcendent critique. Here criticality always involves a self-interrogation, of the institution of art, of the artistic personality itself.

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