The hermaphrodite in art (abstract)
I have turned my contribution to the Zwischen conference into a series of blogposts “Der Hermaphrodit in der Kunst” (The hermaphrodite in art). Using ancient and contemporary examples, the series investigates the representation of hermaphroditism or intergenderism, i.e. of being in between male and female, and underlines the special role of temporality. The ancient statue of the Hermaphrodite is shown to be a lie or, at best, an illusion that not only hides real and symbolic violence and annihilation, but transfers them into the realm of the imaginary. Modern approaches in philosophy and literature, characterized by a typical modern element consisting of the attempt to deal with oppositions, will then sketch alternative ways for artistic representation that avoid the annihilation of the in-between in word and picture.
For the single posts (in German), see here.