Thomas Hirschhorn’s sprawling, raffish, and immersive work shapes public discourse relating to political discontent to offer alternative models for thinking and being. In addition to participating in a panel focusing on the future of work at the Grand Opening of Switzerland at Pier 17, Thomas Hirschhorn will be giving a lecture at San Francisco Art Institute to reflect on his experience in the contemporary art world.
Believing that every person has an innate understanding of art, Hirschhorn resists exclusionary and elitist aesthetic criteria—for example, quality—in favor of dynamic principles of energy and coexistence. His physically ephemeral monuments to great philosophers—Spinoza, Bataille, Deleuze, Gramsci—aim to live on in the collective memory of those who have experienced them.
Hirschhorn presents intellectual history and philosophical theory much as he does everyday objects and images, and poses questions about aesthetic value, moral responsibility, political agency, consumerism, and media spectacle. Hirschhorn lives and works in Paris.
Photo: Myleen Hollero