Anna & Bernhard Blume



Transcendence, how does it manifest itself today, at the ›end of the grand narratives‹ after the end of metaphysics? Is there perhaps still a need for sentimental hints to some- thing somehow completely different and otherworldly? In our age, transcendence is essentially a private matter ... and more likely to lead us into a gallery or museum than a house of god.
How can we placate our partiality for transcendence nowadays? If not through religion and philosophy – could it then be through art? The early production of transcen- dental images, such as icons, was still linked to prayer. In an era of aesthetic disorientation and overproduction, what principles, precepts or prayers guide us, the self- dubbed photo artists Anna & Bernhard Blume? It is easy to say what art ought to keep to in general and in our case specifically, but it is not that easy to do. Art should work in a way that, on the one hand, subverts metaphysical and ideological illusions yet, in doing so, neither forgets nor betrays the treatment of transcendence. The answer to everything else and particularities, such as questions of mediums, methods, materials, body and sculpture, form and content, meaning, significance ... in short, of trans- cendence and its potential traces ... This answer, ulti- mately, as the sensory experiencing spectator, is up to you alone. So judge or laugh for yourself.

Anna & Bernhard Blume, Summer 2011

Die Hineingehaltenheit des Daseins in das Nichts auf dem Grunde der verborgenen Angst ist das Übersteigen des Seienden im Ganzen: die Transzendenz.

Martin Heidegger