Parallel to the exhibition 'Kritische Masse. Zeitgenössische Kunst zu aktuellen Fragen der Gesellschaft' at the Oktogon of Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, artists from the exhibition, staff from the academy and other authors replied to Otto Dix's statement "It is important to see things as they are."
This reader contains 20 responses to the question, which artistic forms and procedures are perceived as timely for marking and identifyings 'things' that drive societies? They provide statements on the role of art in society, given the current global political and social situation. The contributions oscillate between deep skepticism and a poetically-minded optimism, and are complemented by a 20-page photo spread, which provides a vivid recopllection of the exhibition.