Filed under catalogue | Tags: · 1980s, china, drawing, printmaking, stars group
A collection of artists’ works from the Chinese underground magazines Today! and Foreign Literature edited by members of the Stars Group, Huang Rui and Ma Desheng, after the Cultural Revolution. The book also contains two timelines; the first outlines key events and developments in China during this period. The second is specific to the Stars Group and Foreign Literature magazine.
Featured artists: AI Weiwei (艾未未), GAN Shaocheng (甘少誠), HUANG Rui (黃銳), Leilei QU (曲磊磊), MA Desheng (馬德升), Shuang LI (李爽), SUN Weimin (孫為民), WANG Huaiqing (王懷慶), YAN Li (嚴力), YUAN Yunsheng (袁運生), ZHONG Acheng (鍾阿城).
星星點點: 黃銳和馬德升的美編活動 1978-1983
Edited by Iona Whittaker and Huang Rui
Publisher Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, 2013
via Huang Rui
Filed under book | Tags: · 1980s, art history, poland
Publication based on a conference on Polish art of the 1980s organised by Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art.
Edited by Karol Sienkiewicz
Publisher Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, 2011
Kasper Opstrup: The Way Out: Invisible Insurrections and Radical Imaginaries in the UK Underground, 1961-1991 (2017)
Filed under book | Tags: · 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, aesthetics, avant-garde, counterculture, cultural history, education, london, mysticism, politics, protest, social movements, united kingdom
“A counterculture history of art and experimental politics that turns the world inside out
The Way Out examines the radical political and hedonist imaginaries of the experimental fringes of the UK Underground from 1961 to 1991. By examining the relations between collective and collaborative practices with an explicit agenda of cultural revolution, Kasper Opstrup charts a hidden history of experiments with cultural engineering, expanding current discussions of art, medias, politics, radical education and the occult revival. Even though the theatres of operation have changed with the rise of the Internet and a globalised finance economy, these imaginaries still raise questions that speak directly to the present.
Here we encounter a series of figures – including Alexander Trocchi, R. D. Laing, Joseph Berke, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs and Genesis P-Orridge – that blurred the lines between inner and outer, the invisible and the material. Four singular forms of speculative techniques for igniting an invisible insurrection with cultural means make up the central case studies: the sigma project, London Anti-University, Academy 23 and thee Temple ov Psychick Youth.
Contained within these imaginaries is a new type of action university: a communal affair that would improvise a new type of social relation into existence by de-programming and de-conditioning us without any blueprints for the future besides to make it happen. Instead of being turned upside down, the world was to be changed from the inside out.”
Publisher Minor Compositions, Wivenhoe, 2017