Unknowing and its consequences

Recension of the 1951 text “Unknowing and Its Consequences” by Georges Bataille in which he proposes to subordinate knowledge to experience. This idea of Nonknowledge – as an adequate translation of an extremely serene inner experience – refers to and builds upon Hegel’s theory of absolute knowledge. In the artist’s revision of the text all words that are not based on a negation are blackened and new layers of meaning emerge between those words left unaltered. Text and language as the main means for the production of knowledge become a material to access the impossibility of absolute knowledge and the immediate and inexhaustible experience of nonknowledge.

[Installation view at Kunstraum Lichtenberg 2012, for the exhibition „DAS was nicht gesagt wird – Subtexte in Kunst und Politik“, curated by Sabine Winkler]