Arnd Schneider: "Conjectures and Conjunctures: Learning from Astrology and Art /Anthropology in Athens"

In this essay Arnd Schneider comments on the Learning from Documenta project by the Athens Arts Observatory, drawing some parallels between the arts of divination, astrology and anthropology.

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"Birthchart" for the Detroit Art Institute, courtesy of K. Tauches. Background image: “Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius,” from Robert Burnham, Jr, Burnham’s Celestial Handbook, An Observer’s Guide to the Solar System, Volume Three: Pavo Through Vulpecula (New York: Dover Publications, 1966), p. 1,593


Learning from Documenta (LfD) was a two-year (2015 -2017) independent research project between art and anthropology on the documenta 14 international art show held in Athens, Greece, and Kassel, Germany in 2017. The LfD project brought together artists and researchers from different backgrounds. A comprehensive reappraisal of the project has been published in FIELD: a journal of socially-engaged art criticism (issue 18-19,2021). Arnd Schneider’s essay comments on one section of this special issue, ‘Conjunctures’, where he draws some parallels between the ancient and contemporary arts of divination, astrology and anthropology.

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Published Oct. 18, 2021 10:51 AM - Last modified Feb. 9, 2022 9:36 AM