Written Praxis, Issue 0

Photos: Konstantina Athinaiou

In dictionary entries, after its first appearance the discussed word is represented by its initial: class, class struggle, class contradiction as well as crisis, catastrophe, or colonialism become C. Our C (K in German) stands for Class Languages, and thus for the question of the verbalization, translation, and inscription of those political and social conflicts that determine our contemporary moment. Instead of passing off art as a model for a better politics, we wish to test it for the signatures, the markers and forms of these deeply antagonistic relations of which art itself is a material part: we are concerned with art as a class language, as well as with class languages in art; with art’s room for maneuver as well as with its limits and restrictions, curatorially, in writing and debate.

Contributors: Sean Bonney, Hans-Christian Dany, Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu, Frank Engster, Sarah M. Harrison, Karl Holmqvist, Christiane Ketteler, Klassensprachen, Justin Lieberman, Thomas Locher, Karolin Meunier, Rachel O’ Reilly, Monika Rinck, Aykan Safoğlu, Juliana Spahr, spot the silence, The Cultural Capital Cooperative and Susanne M. Winterling

Editors: Manuela Ammer, Eva Birkenstock, Jenny Nachtigall, Kerstin Stakemeier, Stephanie Weber

Design: Offshore Studio

Publisher: Archive Books

Klassensprachen Issue 0 was published by Archive Books in the framework of the project Klassensprachen at District Berlin, funded by Hauptadtkulturfonds, supported by Jungle.world and cineplus.

Language: Mainly English, some texts in German

Price: 12 €

The magazine can be purchased at Archive Books.




p 9  Klassensprachen. Some Preliminary Theses
p 18 Aykan Safoğlu
p 20 Justin Lieberman
p 22 Sean Bonney


p 30 spot the silence Nie wieder Deutschland
p 36 The Cultural Capital Cooperative The Cultural Capital Cooperative
p 38 Christiane Ketteler I’ve got news for you
p 48 Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu Sun and Language


p 60 Frank Engster The Concept of Class
p 74 Susanne M. Winterling On Class. The Stories that Trace Embodiment and Empowerment Aganist Ecocide
p 84 Aykan Safoğlu Your Convenient Absence
p 88 Sarah M. Harrison Thoughts on Class, Language and Linguistic Profanity/Obscenity/Vulgarity
p 96 Karolin Meunier On Vai Pure by Carla Lonzi. Reading Session 1 and 2. Edit 2
p 102 Thomas Locher Legal Matters
p 106 Rachel O’Reilly The Gas Imagenary: Denaturalising Contractual Aesthetics


p 118 Karl Holmqvist Staircase Mystery
p 126 Monika Rinck Wein in Strömen / Wine in Streams
p 128 Juliana Spahr The Incinerator (excerpt)


p 138 Hans-Christian Dany Der peinliche Steinbruch


p 148 Collective Bibliography
p 153 Imprint

Team – Initiators / editors: Manuela Ammer, Eva Birkenstock, Jenny Nachtigall, Kerstin Stakemeier, Stephanie Weber; Translations: Shane Anderson, p. 127; Transcriptions: Joannie Baumgärtner; Copy Editing: Daniel Falb; Graphic design: Offshore Studio; Printer: Gallery Print, Berlin.

© 2017 by the authors, the editors and Archive Books.

154 Pages
140 x 230 mm
ISBN: 978-3-943620-74-0