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Rainer Ganahl

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One could describe Rainer Ganahl’s work as a mutant strain of endurance-oriented performance art. Whereas most such work, created in the late ’60s and ’70s, centered around the body—getting shot or cut, squeezing into a confined space, living in extreme conditions for a prescribed period of time—Ganahl’s contemporary version is based on testing the intellect. Over the past decade, Ganahl has taught himself a variety of languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese—he’s now embarking on Arabic) and created projects like Reading Karl Marx, 2001, in which he led groups in various countries, in their own languages, through texts by the founder of Communism. Ganahl’s best-known work is an ongoing series of photographs begun in 1995, “S/L (Seminars/Lectures),” in which he captures speakers such as Terry Eagleton, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Rosalind Krauss mid-oration,

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