Andreas Wutz

A place in which something is compressed. Photo: Emma Haugh

Andreas Wutz works in photography, film, sound installation, and text. His investigations focus on images of urban and natural environments, as well as situations that have a specific relationship to historical or contemporary political contexts. A place where something gets compressed follows Peter Weiss’ research trip for The Aesthetics of Resistance, which in 1974 led him to an old farmhouse on the outskirts of Albacete in Spain that served as a psychiatric clinic for the international brigades who fought against the Franco regime in 1937. During the Spanish Civil War, the sanatorium was led by Max Hodann, a socialist doctor who was previously active in Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexology in Berlin. Hodann served as one of the protagonists of Weiss’ novel.  As ”a place in which something is compressed,“ the sanatorium Cueva la Potita is of central importance for The Aesthetics of Resistance. It doesn’t report live from the spectacular heart of the action about historical immanence, but rather from the shadows of the events, from the perspective of a heterotopia. By repeating the trip forty years later, Wutz follows the traces of the author and the educational model of self-study that was practiced in Cueva la Potita and that underlies The Aesthetics of Resistance.