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20.04.​​ ‘Banging your head against a brick wall…’

Art institutional norms and ‘the project’ Crip Magazine

Eva Egermann (Artist, writer and editor of Crip Magazine)

University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich, Room (RAA-G-15) and online

Cover Image Credit: Crip Magazine #5, 2022, Coverdesign, [Drawing: Yevhen Holubientsev/ atelienormalno, (Ukraine, March 2022), Design: Lana Grahek, Concept: Eva Egermann, Publishers Issue #5: Eva Egermann in cooperation with 17th Istanbul Biennale 2022].

[Image description: Two flowers, a daisy and a rose, are in front of a white background. The daisy, facing upward, has a rosette of quite big, thin red petals surrounding a bright yellow centre. The red rose is upside down. Below a big font spells out "Crip #5. Istanbul Biennale 2022. The fermented issue. Magazine"].

Crip Magazine is a self-published magazine project, released on an irregular basis. Drawing on the reclamation of the term crip that emerged within disability studies and activism in the 1970s, the magazine overturns the ableist and hyper-productive framing of bodies within capitalism. The project derived from the motivation to create a common context.

With the term chrononormativity, Elizabeth Freeman describes a timeliness that is following a normative regime. A “deviant chronopolitics,” she says, is one that envisions “relations across time and between times. Crip Magazine collects these artifacts and relates them to historical struggles, aiming to create trans-temporary connections and communities across time.

Crip Magazine functions as a collective platform, gathering contributions from diverse cultural producers and artists. If you imagine the space of the magazine as a social space it is one where different affinities, alliances, and neighborhoods can take shape.

The magazine started as an experiment and proposition for a Crip Culture magazine in the form of a broadsheet newspaper in 2012 in a self-organized and DIY manner and since then has been co-produced by Institutions such as e.g. Kunsthalle Wien or the Art Triennale Bergen Assembly and most recently 17th Istanbul Biennale (2022).

The talk will give insights into the process and some of the theories and methods underlying the project (in reference to discourses within Disability Studies and Crip Theory) and focus on the community-building aspects along with some of the contributions from the latest issues of Crip Magazine


Eva Egermann (b. 1979, Burgenland, Austria) is an artist, writer and researcher based in Vienna, Austria. She works with a range of media and materials, from artist publications to art projects in the form of installations, photography or video. Her artistic and textual practice engages with activist strategies, various subcultures and a range of artistic approaches. In 2012 she initiated Crip Magazine, a self-published magazine project released on an irregular basis that comprises theoretical as well as artistic contributions. Together with the filmmaker Cordula Thym, Egermann is currently working on a docufictional TV-Show format called C-TV. Recent exhibitions: Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2020, 2021, 2022); If Time is Still Alive, Camera Austria, Graz, Austria (2021) Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany (2021), 17th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2022), Total Museum Seoul, South Korea (2022)


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