Christian HartardWorksResearch, CVstudio@hartard.com de
                  

I have extensively worked on the history and theory of sculptural space, on ideologies of post-war urbanism and on contemporary sociologies of art and their notion of artistic autonomy. Currently, my scholarly and artistic investigations are centered on the aesthetics of post-image art and the paradigm shift from representation to presence, from image to space, body, material and process. 



Performative Objects / World Machine / Autonomies of Art / Urban Utopia

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Performative Objects


Within my project, I develop sculptural elements that offer an open frame for participation. Performative objects are plastic modules which do not possess a defined function nor form an invariant order, but can be worn, used, moved, rearranged, reshaped, expanded or replaced when worn out. This calculated loss of artistic control aims at an empowerment of the viewers who become receptive and, at the same time, productive parts within the artistic operations.

My project establishes performative objects both as a theoretical concept of aesthetic reflection and as a practical programme for my own artistic production and aims at radicalising my work by refining it in contact with its own scholarly re-description. The objective is to create a series of performative objects as laboratories that might involve other artists, professional performers, members of specific social groups or random visitors. The empirical knowledge gained from these experimental arrangements will be used to develop an epistemological model that helps describing and analysing performative objects in general but can, as a theoretical impetus, also be refeeded into my artistic practice.

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Weltmaschine
Geschichte und Theorie des plastischen Raums
Abstract (de)

Kunstautonomien.
Luhmann und Bourdieu
Silke Schreiber / Edition Metzel, Munich 2010
ISBN 13 978-3-88960-109-4
Text (de)

Utopie des Urbanen: Neuperlach
Leitbilder und Stadtbilder eines Experimentes der 1960er-Jahre
Master thesis 2003

Abstract and text (de)

Komm, wir bauen eine Stadt.
Einige Stadtrandbemerkungen aus München-Neuperlach,
in: Andreas Müsseler, Barbara Brinkmann
(eds.), Neuperlach ist schönMunich 2018, previously published in Mitteilungen der Geographischen Gesellschaft München (special issue), 2006, pp. 60—73
Text (de)