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Rainer Ganahl

Baumgartner Gallery

FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, Rainer Ganahl has been lurking in the corridors of higher learning, monitoring the often unglamorous sites where knowledge is acquired and transmitted. He's produced long-term projects on the instruction of foreign languages and documented academic conferences and lectures by photographing speakers at the podium. His most recent efforts shed more light on the social spaces in which intellectual discourse is formulated, reworked, and introduced into everyday life.

In 1998, Ganahl formed the first in a series of reading groups focused on the writings of Karl Marx, the white-bearded sage who has played such a colossal role in the now-commonplace merging of art with theory. This show revolved around a central viewing station, where one could choose from a plethora of videotapes, each showing footage from a group meeting in New York, London, Toulouse, Oslo, Frankfurt,

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