- Topic: Learning from the Istanbul Biennial
- Topic: Recycling Salon Reviews
- d13 Website Shortcuts
- À rebours
- Directing Failure
- I am a Decoy
- Breath of Modernism: Entering the Fridericianum
- In the Middle of the Middle / The Brain is a Rock
- Inside Morandi's Vitrine
- Afghan Hotel
- Jimmie Durham's History of Heat
- Susan Hiller’s Jukebox World
- YouTube Assassins Archive
- Bird Bunker with Allora & Cazadilla
- The Legacy of Beuys' Erweiterter Kunstbegriff
- Raster Rhythms: Interview with Istanbul artist Cevdet Erek
- Human & Señor
- Images and Videos from Documenta 13
- About Matthew Schum
I am a Decoy
Towards the end of the Q&A at the press conference, a vanity blogger from Canada asked Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev about the personal satisfaction that came with being the face of Documenta.
This was an attempt to embarrass the unflappable curator while making her out to be a fellow narcissist. Christov-Bakargiev gave a refreshingly honest answer, “I am a decoy so artists can get things done.”
The curator offered four guiding positions for Documenta 13:
1) What does it mean to be in a state of siege?
2) What does it mean to be in a state of hope?
3) What does it mean to be in retreat?
4) What do I do when I am on stage when I am performing?
By the time the herd of us press writers reached the main venue and finally began consuming the 13th Documenta, I gladly realized that these four guiding positions were also decoys that probably related more to the public position a Director faces at a press conference than to the inner workings and manifest outcomes of Christov-Bakargiev’s unpretentious approach to curating.