In the Presence of Others
Reality is what we make of it—at least in principle. So argued Hannah Arendt, the political philosopher whose brilliant and sometimes troubling ideas frame the many contributions gathered in this issue of World Records. Arendt returned again and again to her core philosophical concern: a common world experienced in the presence of others. In Arendt’s estimation, to recognize one another, and to do so on equal terms, was an essential human practice. “The reality of the public realm relies on the simultaneous presence of innumerable perspectives and aspects,” Arendt writes in The Human Condition, “in which the common world presents itself and for which no common measurement or denominator can ever be devised.” When such a world appears, humans are no longer forced to accept the givenness of reality. Suddenly, they may realize their own capacity to make it anew.
This issue of World Records investigates how documentary film and video, performance art, curatorial frameworks, digital social media platforms, and photojournalism provide grounds for collective action.
Table of Contents
Nicholas Gamso & Jason Fox, Introduction: In the Presence of Others
Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Maia and The Boundaries of the Frame
Martin Lucas, Action Between Art and Citizenship
Rayya El Zein, To Have Many Returns: Loss in the Presence of Others
Jonathan Kahana, Arendt in Jerusalem: Documentary, Theatricality, and the Echo of Irony
Nitasha Dhillon, Life, Documentary and Decolonial Struggle
MTL Collective, Principles for Decolonial Film
Gregory Sholette and Tania Bruguera, Picking up the Power: Gregory Sholette In Conversation with Tania Bruguera
Nicholas Gamso, Truth, Politics, Disintegration, and Forensic Architecture at the Whitney
Bonnie Honig, Jenny Reardon, and Warren Sack, Conditions: Warren Sack In Conversation with Bonnie Honig and Jenny Reardon
Miriam Ticktin, Rewriting the Grammars of Innocence: Abounaddara and the Right to the Image
Jason Fox, Can Rights Be Found on a Map?
Cecilia Sjöholm, Making Visible Rights: Photography After Arendt
Kareem Estefan, Our Violent Commons: Witnessing the Worldly Within the Imperial Commons
Rachel Stevens, Our Violent Commons: The Territory of Listening
Irmgard Emmelhainz, Our Violent Commons: Empathy and Codependency