it's difficult to remain neutral with artspeak. the style oscillates between the pseudo-theoretical (derridean deconstructive morsels, demanian undecidability rants, neocolonial gobbledygook), and the epihanic (kantian & lacue-labarthian "sublime" de rigueur).
dOCUMENTA 13 is dedicated to artistic research and forms of imagination that explore commitment, matter, things, embodiment, and active living in connection with, yet not subordinated, to theory. These terrains where politics are inseparable from a sensual energetic and worldly alliance between current research in various scientific and artistic fields and other knowledges, both ancient and contemporary."dedicated to artistic research" (that's easy!) & "forms of imagination that explore,"
*things, (granted not all things need be matter)
*embodiment, (of matter? things? does it matter?)
and active living! ("active living" as in promoting health? the term is trending in the millenial department!). don't forget these definitions as you plow along.
the previous is "in connection with, yet not subordinated, to theory."
furthermore, we learn these things (above) are "terrains,"
immediately, christov-bakargief take us through a metonymical chute-the-chute. any phrase will be conceptually subsumed under the previous one, for instance,
"artistic research" and "forms of imagination that explore commitment" become... terrains, where, as the curator suggests: "...politics are inseparable from a sensual energetic and worldly alliance..." and so on,
don't stop to try to make sense. surrender & let artspeak carry you across the land expanse, that is, "between current research in various scientific and artistic fields and other knowledges" (which, fields or knowledges you'll never know),
as the paragraph ends we learn the whole ting is applied to "both ancient and contemporary."