October 22, 2011, 3pm
With Mike Sperlinger, Stuart Bailey and Esther Leslie
Organized by Mike Sperlinger
The Whole of Troy Is A Horse, falling between Artists Space’s Christopher D’Arcangelo and “Identity” exhibitions, suggests a tendentious connection between them through the problem of self-reflexivity and its limits.
“No one knows, or even feels, that anything is a limit or defect, until he is at the same time above and beyond it,” declared Hegel. This assertion is not only enough to send most analytic philosophers into frothing apoplexy; we might ourselves think that we know (or even feel) that it is proved false in every living person’s life, on a more or less minute-by-minute basis. Self-reflexivity certainly allows us to confront, and perhaps to transcend, some of our limits. But what happens when our consciousness of our situation, for example, is in excess of our ability to change it? In such circumstances, is self-reflexivity productive or just a band aid for a beautiful soul?
Peter Sloterdijk notoriously diagnosed the universe of late capitalism as governed by cynicism, or "enlightened false consciousness": we can see through the ideology, but, powerless to overcome it, we play along anyway, resigned and complicit. We can’t go on. We’ll go on.