Dale Holmes & Sharon Kivland (eds)

THE GRAVESIDE ORATIONS OF CARL EINSTEIN, 2019

Contributors: Sean Ashton, Hannes Bajohr, Rowan Bailey, Sean Bonney, Uma Breakdown, Matthew Burbidge, Sonja Burbidge, Sophie Carapetian, Alison J. Carr, Declan Clarke, Kirsten Cooke, John Cunningham, Mark Curran, James Davies, Sam Dolbear, Kate Evans, Donal Fitzpatrick, Darryl Georgiou & Rebekah Tolley-Georgiou, Dale Holmes, Derek Horton, John Hyatt, Martin Jackson, Tom Jenks, Sacha Kahir, Sharon Kivland, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, John Z. Komurki, Mark Leahy, Rona Lorimer, Katharina Ludwig, Ed Luker, David Mabb, T.C. McCormack, Martina Mullaney,Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko, Benjamin Noys, Betsy Porritt, Bede Robinson, Benedict Seymour, Ohad Ben Shimon, Joshua Simon,  Louis-George Schwartz, Zoë Skoulding, Spartakus, David Steans, Jeroen Van Dongen, Frank Wasser, Geoffrey Wildanger, Christian A. Wollin, Sarah Wood, Thomas Yeomans
At the memorial for Rosa Luxemburg on 13 June 1919, the political radical, art historian, critic, and writer Carl Einstein gave an oration. There is no record of what Einstein said, how he said it, or what it addressed. This collection assembles a broad range of texts from artists, film-makers, writers, poets, critics, philosophers, and art historians. Each contribution is a speculation on what Einstein might have delivered, each as likely and as unlikely to be Einstein’s as any other. Through the multiple substitutions of Carl Einstein—a practice that Einstein pursued throughout his life—themes of masquerade, mistaken identities, of persons substituted after the event, of orations, speeches, and texts rewritten, speculated upon and redelivered, celebrating, mapping, and fictionalising a past life, are explored. 

 ‘Not that Einstein, no, not Luxemburg, but rather those poor souls who lost the historical game, here celebrated in the jaws of defeat. Her words here, his words there, verbatim sometimes and mangled, like her body mangled, or lost, then found in fantasy sentences projected into the place of the missing graveside lines. In this volume, losses are made palpable through through a plenitude of oratory vibrations, one for each bruise on her body.’
–> Esther Leslie

‘A beautiful volume of intelligent counter-history from the future past: Carl Einstein’s lost graveside oration for Rosa Luxemburg speaks back, producing a hundred-year delayed echo through the voices of writers, theorists, and artists from our present.’
–>Sami Khatib


160 pages
205 mm x 140 mm
Paperback
ISBN 978-1- 910055-60-1
£15.00



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