between

the strings

Images by Daniel Jarosch

2020. strings on canvas. 90 × 60 cm each


A reason which does not have the foundation of a rationale, is a movable reason – a floating reason – which is not the one reason and not the absolute foundation. This reason hovers over the inconsistency of an abyss, which eludes direct and comprehensive access. The figure of the floating ground runs through the works of Judith Klemenc in a variety of ways. In the context of Western philosophy, Nietzsche’s Zarathustra appears as a possible point of reference, dancing on an unmounted rope. Here it is less the tightrope walker who rather takes the risk than the supposedly safe ground, the rope. In Judith Klemenc’ work, it becomes clear how fragile the female body floats without anchoring in the symbolic. Luce Irigaray carries out a similar movement by calling upon (occidental) thinking to first and foremost create a space for those bodies and their imaginations that this thinking has systematically excluded up to now: the female body. Hovering above this nothingness, Irigaray also only loosely attaches the rope of her rope-dancing thinking by inventing a practice of mimetic writing. Out of this floating, Judith Klemenc’ work seems to ask: when the bodies float between the strings, how can these bodies begin to play when they no longer want to be played?

Elisabeth Schäfer