The Beast and the Sovereign


The Beast and the Sovereign” was Jacques Derrida’s last seminar. It lent its name to the exhibition – and accompanying catalogue – at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart and MACBA, Barcelona (2015). It examines constructs of political sovereignty in the Western intellectual tradition. For Derrida the beast and the sovereign symbolised two opposing figures of the political that are both located outside the law: the beast, who does not know the law, and the sovereign, who is able to repeal the law. At issue are the binary power relationships that can be derived from this peculiar pairing. The exhibition at MACBA led to outright controversy when a work by Ines Doujak was censored. The curators of the exhibition reflect on the controversy in this volume.

Features text contributions by: Daniel G. Andújar,Hans D. ChristKatja DiefenbachInes Doujak, Iris DresslerOier EtxeberriaJack HalberstamPaul B. PreciadoValentín RomaRasha Salti a. o.

280 pages, softcover, 25 x 17.5 cm, Spector Books (Leipzig).