Not Now! Now!

by Renate Lorenz, Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Ana Hoffner, Mara Lee Gerden

We will present some of the ongoing artistic, performative and academic projects that are related to four years of artistic research around chronopolitics at the Phd in Practice Program / Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, especially the conference (2014) and book (Sternberg 2015) Not Now! Now! – chronopolitics, art and research. The research engages with the methodologies of artistic practices to intervene into the dominant politics of time: questions include the queerness of memory, the challenge of visualizing time and its embodiments and the temporalities of encounters in a (post-)colonial environment. The debates thus take up an important recent debate around chronopolitics, especially from postcolonial and queer theory, and connect it with art practices that rather stutter time, introduce breaks, citations, anachronisms, temporal drag, deferrals and collapses between time and meaning.

The panel will produce a dialogue between a film screening (Ana Hoffner), a performance (Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh) and short inputs which introduce new terms into a discussion of the politics of time.

Renate Lorenz will introduce the time of the Not Now! Now! and a specific type of research that remains opaque and deferred. Mara Lee Gerden elaborates on the question how we could conceive of a more complex concept of the “stranger” on the basis of a queer temporalization, taking into account two commonly accepted narratives in our time: the Narrative of Progress (Halberstam, Ahmed etc) and the Rescue Narrative (Spivak, David Eng). Ana Hoffner presents her film “Transferred memories, embodied documents” (2014) which creates a (queer) relation between two performers who deal with images of atrocities together. Connected to the film Ana Hoffner will give an input on her concept of “queer memory.” Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh’s performance refers to her research in the refugee camp Burj al-Shamali in Lebanon and the challenges of an uneven relation in research.


Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh studied history, photography, and visual anthropology in Paris. From 2006 to 2011, she lived in Burj al-Shamali, a refugee camp next to Sour, Lebanon where she carried out photographic research that includes a dialogical project with a group of young Palestinians, as well as archival work on family and studio photographs. Since 2008, Eid-Sabbagh has been a member of the Arab Image Foundation (www.fai.org.lb). She has been a doctoral candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna since 2011. Lecture at The persistance of images, EHESS, Paris, and intervention with Necessità dei volti at Le Bal, Paris, October 2013. Performance at On Violence, Symposium of the Limerick Biennial, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, March 2014. Artist in Residency at the Palestinian Museum, Ramallah/Birzeit, Palestine, August-November 2014. Performance at Archives Power Society, University of Fine Arts Braunschweig, Germany, February 2015.

Mara Lee Gerden is a writer, novelist, and poet, currently a PhD student at Gothenburg University, Sweden, Valand Academy, Dept. of Literary Composition, Poetry and Prose. Her novel Ladies (Die Makellosen, Karl Blessing Verlag 2011) has been translated into several languages, and her latest novel Salome received the P.O Enquist Literary Prize in 2012. She is the official Swedish translator of the Canadian poet Anne Carson, and she additionally writes essays about literature and art for Swedish and Norwegian literary and critical journals as Glänta, Vagant and Ord&Bild. Her latest publications include an essay-book about the artist Eva Hesse, published by the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, and a scholarly article, “Strange times: A (queer)temporal approach to resistance and the stranger” in Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap (Journal for Gender Studies). Both her artistic practice and her academic research revolve around questions of otherness, identity, and desire.

Ana Hoffner is an artist, theorist, performer and mentor based in Vienna. Hoffner understands the artistic field as a place of critical knowledge production, mainly with an interest in Queer Theory and Visual Cultural Studies. Through a performative artistic and theoretical practice as well as video, photography and installation Hoffner’s work questions persistently both production and presentation, research methods as well as the communication of (arts-based) research results. Hoffner has finished the PhD in Practice Program at the Academy of Fine Art Vienna where she is also teaching as Senior Lecturer. Recent Exhibitions include „Vier mal zwölf“ Neuer Kunstverein Wien; „Opening (Stadt)Parcour“ Tanzquartier Wien; „Drowning and Swallowing this Text“ LACE – Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (all 2014); „Was ist Kunst?… Resuming fragmented Histories“ Künstlerhaus Graz, steirischer herbst (2013) and “History Lessons” mumok Kino Wien (2012).

Renate Lorenz is an artist and cultural scientist, mostly in the fields of Art and Queer Theory. She is showing her art work internationally (together with Pauline Boudry), e.g. at the 54th Venice Biennial (2011), at the Paris Triennial (2012), at SLG and Tate Modern, London, at the CAPC Bordeaux, Kunstverein Karlsruhe (all 2013), Moma Modern Monday (2014), Kunsthalle Wien and Kunsthalle Zürich (2015). Her most recent English publications are Queer Art (Transcript, 2012) and Not Now! Now! (editor, 2014) as well as the artist books Temporal Drag (Hatje Cantz 2011) and Aftershow (Sternberg, 2014). She is professor for art and research at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. www.boudry-lorenz.de