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05 July 2012
Documenta asks for more

Documenta is undeniably an important date in the contemporary art calendar. What makes Documenta different from other proposals is, amongst other things, the pace of the work beforehand and the certainty that it is in the process of making history. Making history, almost nothing. This summer another edition. dOCUMENTA (13), with this spelling that forces us to break all orthographic rules when the name appears at the beginning of a sentence after a full stop.

Well, dOCUMENTA (13) does ask us to break a few rules. It also asks for a lot of time and long walks. It asks for a reconsideration of the referents that we use and if they really bear any correlation with what we are doing. At A*DESK we thought that something that asks for so much also needed the vision of many, it needed a polyhedral gaze where the tones, rhythms, objectives and approaches also stemmed from a desire to understand, analyse and be critical all at the same time.

At A*Magazine we present a special edition dedicated entirely to dOCUMENTA (13). From the moments beforehand, to direct encounters, while also looking for the distance that makes it possible to step back from the emotional to ask for a little more. Montse Badia, Juan Canela, Maite Garbayo, Javier Hontoria and Andreas M. Kaufmann draw us into one of the great moments of contemporary art.

A*DESK is a critical platform focused on publishing, training, experimentation, communication and dissemination in relation to contemporary culture and art, which is defined by transversality. The starting point is contemporary art, because that is where we come from and this awareness allows us to go much further, to incorporate other disciplines and forms of thought in order debate issues that are relevant and urgent for understanding our present.

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