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Riot Material excerpts The Last Days of Mankind, spotlighting artist Deborah Sengl

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On the centenary anniversary of the Armistice that ended The Great War, Riot Material publishes an excerpt from The Last Days of Mankind – A Visual Guide to Karl Kraus’ Great War Epic, based on Deborah Sengl’s installation of Karl Kraus’ legendary play critiquing the war.

With images from the Viennese artist’s exhibition of taxidermied rats, drawings and paintings to restage Kraus’ play, the excerpted essay “The Document Is a Figure” by arts writer Matthias Goldmann gives critical insight into the play, the metaphors used in Sengl’s installation and the unimaginable violence of war.

Check it out here.

The DoppelHouse Press edition of The Last Days of Mankind publishes next month.


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