The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein – Edited by Sharon Kivland and featuring Sharon Kivland and TC McCormack

The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein
Title:The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein
Dale Holmes and Sharon Kivland
Authors:Sean Ashton, Hannes Bajohr, Rowan Bailey, Sean Bonney, Uma Breakdown, Matthew Burbridge, Sonja Burbridge, Sophie Carapetian, Alison J. Carr, Declan Clarke, Kirsten Cooke, John Cunningham, Mark Curran, James Davies, Sam Dolbear, Kate Evans, Donal Fitzpatrick, Darryl Georgiou & Rebekah Tolley-Georgiou, Dale Holmes, Derek Horton, John Hyatt, Martin Jackson, Tom Jenks, Sacha Kahir, Sharon Kivland, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, John Z. Komurki, Mark Leahy, Rona Lorimer, Katharina Ludwig, Ed Luker, David Mabb, T.C. McCormack, Martina Mullaney, Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko, Benjamin Noys, Betsy Porritt, Bede Robinson, Benjamin Seymour, Ohad Ben Shimson, Joshua Simon, Louis-George Schwartz, Zoë Skoulding, Spartakus, David Steans, Jeroen Van Dongen, Frank Wasser, Geoffrey Wildanger, Christian A. Wollin, Sarah Wood, Thomas Yeomans
Publication date:June 2019
Print ISBN:978-1- 910055-60-1
Format: 205mm x 140mm, paperback
Number of pages:160

At the memorial for Rosa Luxemburg on 13 June 1919, the political radical, art historian, critic, and writer Carl Einstein gave an oration. There is no record of what Einstein said, how he said it, or what it addressed. This collection assembles a broad range of texts from artists, film-makers, writers, poets, critics, philosophers, and art historians. Each contribution is a speculation on what Einstein might have delivered, each as likely and as unlikely to be Einstein’s as any other. Through the multiple substitutions of Carl Einstein—a practice that Einstein pursued throughout his life—themes of masquerade, mistaken identities, of persons substituted after the event, of orations, speeches, and texts rewritten, speculated upon and redelivered, celebrating, mapping, and fictionalising a past life, are explored.

Dr Sharon Kivland is a Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Find out more about Sharon Kivland’s books and other works here.

TC McCormack is an artist who’s central preoccupation has always been with how we navigate the space between the legacy of modernism and the reach of contemporaneous media. He makes work that explores the aesthetics of cultural memory and considers various phenomena of resistance space. His work is primarily based in film and installation, yet also spans collage, photography and text. This cross disciplinary approach enables him to inhabit a number of artistic, curatorial and research strategies. His research involves searching through archives and speculative contexts, in the social sphere, architecture, film history, sculpture, technology, museology and urban planning. TC has exhibited widely internationally and the UK, his work is commissioned by arts institutions and galleries.