GERALD NESTLER

 

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 — enlitement   image1: shaped neon tubes 200 x 35, 2003
image2: gobo-projection, Vienna 2004


ENLITEMENT is logo for our time.
It is based on the concept of Enlightenment as defined by the philosopher Immanuel Kant*, which "saw remarkable cultural changes characterized by [...] a turn towards human rights, science, rational thoughts and the replacement of theocracies and autocracies with democratic republics. [...] The Enlightenment was also marked by the rise of capitalism and the wide availability of printed materials. [...] The French Encyclopédie combined free-thinking articles with technological information" (c.f. Wikipedia).
enlitement now owes its new style and theory to the guiding paradigm of a global, economic world that has its roots and basis in this 18th century development.
enlitement follows the traces of an 'evolution' that defines everything and everyone as resource, is engaged in (self)exploitation and the colonisation of nano-, micro- and macroworlds and might further on lead to a renaissance of "feudal", pre-Enlightenment structures powered by consumption.
enlitement embodies incorporation in its lite form. Its lucid dilution shines on ever present markets. By this it is itself ever present and constitutes the real behind virtual power structures.

* "Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one's own understanding without the guidance of another.
This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another.
The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own understanding!"
Immanuel Kant, in: What is Enlightenment?, 1783.