Jeremiah Day (artist, Berlin)
»The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.« Art and the Practice of Memory

»The past is never dead. It’s not even past.« – this line from William Faulkner was quoted regularly by Hannah Arendt as she tried to make the point that our present conditions are the consequences of actions undertaken in the past by people more or less just like us. Arendt referred to a »web of human relationships« that forms a kind of material or »medium«, conditioning the horizons that we act within, and with our own actions leading to consequences that will condition the future. Examples might be the changing relationship between the SPD and Die Linke, or the recent surprising refusal of British Parliament to support an invasion of Syria. Both are key political changes that clearly emerge as ripples from past actions and then strongly define our present and future. How do artworks and artmaking contribute to this »medium«? Two examples will be intriduced – the famous »Raft of The Medusa« (1819) by Théodore Gericault, and the little-known book »Eulogies« (2002) of Amiri Baraka – in an effort to show that the artistic work of Jeremiah Day, with its focus on wrestling with facts, events, sites and people, does not really have much to do with »History«.

Jeremiah Day graduated from the art department of the University of California at Los Angeles in 1997 and lived and worked in Los Angeles until moving to Europe in 2003 to attend the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Upcoming exhibitions of his work include the 2014 Liverpool Biennial, the Nouveau Festival at the Centre Pompidou Paris, and Nonfictions with Simone Forti and Fred Dewey at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Jeremiah Day is currently editing a book on Hannah Arendt and cultural practice.

The lectures and seminars are based on a cooperation of KIM, Innovation Incubator at Leuphana University of Lüneburg with Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg. The Innovation Incubator Lüneburg is an EU major project, financed by the European Regional Development Fund and co-funded by the federal state of Lower Saxony.