David Chalmers Alesworth

“Frankfurt School” Collaborative, Video and Sculpture Installation.


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Friday 21st November 2008.

Alhamra Art gallery, The Mall, lahore, Pakistan.

VASL, Lahore International Artists Residency.


“The Frankfurt School”

David Alesworth and Adnan Madani

We asked students from the Law Department of the Lahore University of Management Sciences to read aloud an essay written by the German critical theorist Theodor Adorno. We filmed them reading in the lecture auditorium, while asking them a variety of questions to test their grasp of the text. The individual sessions collectively form a series of portraits, or studies in power; the text itself was subsequently converted into an object of (first) use and then (later) fetish value.
November: 2008