Filed under book | Tags: · agitprop, democracy, ideology, marxism, mass media, propaganda, soviet union, technology, totalitarianism
“A far more frightening work than any of the nightmare novels of George Orwell. With the logic which is the great instrument of French thought, [Ellul] explores and attempts to prove the thesis that propaganda, whether its ends are demonstrably good or bad, is not only destructive to democracy, it is perhaps the most serious threat to humanity operating in the modern world.” –Los Angeles Times
Originally published in French as Propagandes by A. Colin, Paris, 1962.
Translated by Konrad Kellen and Jean Lerner
With an introduction by Konrad Kellen
Publisher Vintage Books, Random House, New York, 1973 (reprint of the Alfred A. Knopf 1965 edition)
Vintage political science and social criticism
ISBN 0394718747, 9780394718743
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Filed under book | Tags: · acoustics, listening, noise, psychology, sound recording
A brilliant, far-reaching exploration of the frontiers of noise and silence, and the growing war between them.
Between iPods, music-blasting restaurants, earsplitting sports stadiums, and endless air and road traffic, the place for quiet in our lives grows smaller by the day. In Pursuit of Silence gives context to our increasingly desperate sense that noise pollution is, in a very real way, an environmental catastrophe. Traveling across the country and meeting and listening to a host of incredible characters, including doctors, neuroscientists, acoustical engineers, monks, activists, educators, marketers, and aggrieved citizens, George Prochnik examines why we began to be so loud as a society, and what it is that gets lost when we can no longer find quiet.
Publisher Doubleday, Random House, 2010
ISBN 0385528884, 9780385528887
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Filed under catalogue | Tags: · art, film, sound recording, video art
Cette publication a été réalisée à l’occasion de l’exposition de Anri Sala Entre chien et loup au Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris du 25 mars au 16 mai 2004. Pour la première fois, ce livre témoigne de la diversité de l’oeuvre d’Anri Sala, qui s’est imposé très vite comme un des acteurs majeurs de l’art d’aujourd’hui. Anri Sala, né à Tirana, en 1974, explore le politique dans un travail où la composante esthétique reste essentielle.
Contributions by Suzanne Pagé, Laurence Bossé, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Garimorth, Patricia Falguières, Jacques Rancière, Israel Rosenfield, Alexandre .. Daniel Costanzo, Molly Nesbit, Philippe Parreno
This publication accompanies the exhibition of Anri Sala “Entre chien et loup” held by Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris from March 25 until May 16, 2004.
Coordination Julia Garimorth
Publisher Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2004
ISBN 388375806X, 9783883758060
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Jonathan Harris (ed.): Art, Money, Parties: New Institutions in the Political Economy of Contemporary Art (2004)
Filed under book | Tags: · art, art criticism, art history, art system, contemporary art, institutional critique
This collection of essays sets out to identify and examine the kinds of new institutions and social relations that have emerged and begun to shape the global organisation of contemporary visual art over the past twenty-five years. These institutions and relations, contributors argue, are not simply implicated in the exhibition of art – more than that, they have come to play significant roles in commissioning art production as well as mediating its reception in a number of different ways. Given this reorganisation, the set of concepts through which the ‘art world’ can be thought must be radically reviewed. Developments and transformations in, for example, patronage and managerial arrangements – on a global scale – have begun to outrun existing assumptions, categories and accounts. Terms such as ‘institution’, ‘means of production’ and ‘art world’ itself are invoked and critically scrutinised in all of the essays in this book. Some authors address these and other concepts within detailed empirical case studies, others by experimental application of novel theoretical premises.
This collection also includes discussion by those directly involved in the production and selling of contemporary art, reviewing the increasingly internationalised network now ordering contemporary art’s conditions of production, mediation and consumption. This book shows the complex interaction of the socio-political forces that bear on the art world as well as the tensions between those with different interests in art, raising vital questions about the changed relations between art, society and politics.
Publisher Liverpool University Press, 2004
Volume 7 of Tate Liverpool Critical Forum
ISBN 0853237395, 9780853237396
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Filed under book | Tags: · art, art criticism, art history, art theory, conceptual art, education, experimental film, fluxus, happening, intermedia, intermedia art, neo-dada, performance, performance art, pop art
In this groundbreaking work of incisive scholarship and analysis, Hannah Higgins explores the influential art movement Fluxus. Daring, disparate, contentious—Fluxus artists worked with minimal and prosaic materials now familiar in post-World War II art. Higgins describes the experience of Fluxus for viewers, even experiences resembling sensory assaults, as affirming transactions between self and world.
Fluxus began in the 1950s with artists from around the world who favored no single style or medium but displayed an inclination to experiment. Two formats are unique to Fluxus: a type of performance art called the Event, and the Fluxkit multiple, a collection of everyday objects or inexpensive printed cards collected in a box that viewers explore privately. Higgins examines these two setups to bring to life the Fluxus experience, how it works, and how and why it’s important. She does so by moving out from the art itself in what she describes as a series of concentric circles: to the artists who create Fluxus, to the creative movements related to Fluxus (and critics’ and curators’ perceptions and reception of them), to the lessons of Fluxus art for pedagogy in general.
Although it was commonly associated with political and cultural activism in the 1960s, Fluxus struggled against being pigeonholed in these too-prescriptive and narrow terms. Higgins, the daughter of the Fluxus artists Alison Knowles and Dick Higgins, makes the most of her personal connection to the movement by sharing her firsthand experience, bringing an astounding immediacy to her writing and a palpable commitment to shedding light on what Fluxus is and why it matters.
Publisher University of California Press, 2002
ISBN 0520228677, 9780520228672
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Filed under book | Tags: · abstract expressionism, art, art criticism, art history, art theory, avantgarde, cubism, impressionism, painting
Collected essays which appeared originally in “Partisan Review”, “The Nation”, “Commentary”, and other publications.
Publisher Beacon Press, Boston, MA
Volume 212 of Beacon paperbacks
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Filed under book | Tags: · artificial intelligence, language, philosophy, print, reading, text, textuality, writing
In Does Writing Have a Future?, a remarkably perceptive work first published in German in 1987, Vilém Flusser asks what will happen to thought and communication as written communication gives way, inevitably, to digital expression. In his introduction, Flusser proposes that writing does not, in fact, have a future because everything that is now conveyed in writing—and much that cannot be—can be recorded and transmitted by other means.
Confirming Flusser’s status as a theorist of new media in the same rank as Marshall McLuhan, Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio, and Friedrich Kittler, the balance of this book teases out the nuances of these developments. To find a common denominator among texts and practices that span millennia, Flusser looks back to the earliest forms of writing and forward to the digitization of texts now under way. For Flusser, writing—despite its limitations when compared to digital media—underpins historical consciousness, the concept of progress, and the nature of critical inquiry. While the text as a cultural form may ultimately become superfluous, he argues, the art of writing will not so much disappear but rather evolve into new kinds of thought and expression.
Originally published in German in 1987 as Die Schrift. Hat Schreiben Zukunft?, Göttingen.
Translated by Nancy Ann Roth
Introduction by Mark Poster
Publisher University of Minnesota Press, 2011
Volume 33 of Electronic Mediations
ISBN 0816670234, 9780816670239
review (Bob Hanke, International Journal of Communication)
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