Spektakel – Kunst – Gesellschaft. Guy Debord und die Situationistische Internationale (2006) [German]

16 July 2016, dusan

“Guy Debord und die Situationistische Internationale erfahren in den letzten Jahren auch im deutschsprachigen Raum vermehrte Aufmerksamkeit. In der Regel ging diese verstärkte Rezeption mit einer Reduzierung der Anliegen Debords und anderer Situationisten auf kunst-, kultur- oder auch medientheoretische Fragestellungen einher. Je größer die Begeisterung und das Interesse für die kunst- und kulturkritischen Schriften Debords wurde, desto weniger Beachtung fand die Gesellschaftskritik, die Debords Kunst- und Kulturkritik zugrunde liegt. Heute geht es zum einen darum, Debord und die SI in ihrem revolutionären Anspruch ernst zu nehmen. Zum anderen geht es um die Kritik ihrer Vorstellungen vor dem Hintergrund der gesellschaftskritischen Diskussionen der letzten 20 Jahre.

Dieser Band versammelt Vorträge, die auf dem gleichnamigen Symposium im Januar 2005 in der Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Wien gehalten wurden und wird durch weitere Beiträge ergänzt.”

Edited by Stephan Grigat, Günther Friesinger, and Johannes Grenzfurthner (eds.),
Publisher Verbrecher Verlag, Berlin, 2006
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ISBN 3935843615, 9783935843614
250 pages
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Review: Dieter Wenk (Textem 2006).

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Robin Mackay, Armen Avanessian (eds.), #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader (2014)

26 June 2016, dusan

Accelerationism is the name of a contemporary political heresy: the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest, disrupt, critique, or détourne it, but to accelerate and exacerbate its uprooting, alienating, decoding, abstractive tendencies.

#Accelerate presents a genealogy of accelerationism, tracking the impulse through 90s UK darkside cyberculture and the theory-fictions of Nick Land, Sadie Plant, Iain Grant, and CCRU, across the cultural underground of the 80s (rave, acid house, SF cinema) and back to its sources in delirious post-68 ferment, in texts whose searing nihilistic jouissance would later be disavowed by their authors and the marxist and academic establishment alike.

On either side of this central sequence, the book includes texts by Marx that call attention to his own ‘Prometheanism’, and key works from recent years document the recent extraordinary emergence of new accelerationisms steeled against the onslaughts of neoliberal capitalist realism, and retooled for the twenty-first century.

At the forefront of the energetic contemporary debate around this disputed, problematic term, #Accelerate activates a historical conversation about futurality, technology, politics, enjoyment and capital. This is a legacy shot through with contradictions, yet urgently galvanized today by the poverty of ‘reasonable’ contemporary political alternatives.”

Publisher Urbanomic, Falmouth, with Merve, Berlin, 2014
ISBN 9780957529557
536 pages

Reviews: Malcolm Harris (New Inquiry), J.J. Charlesworth (Art Review), Simon O’Sullivan (Mute), Alex Andrews (Review31), Orlando Read (Frieze).
Commentaries: McKenzie Wark (Public Seminar), David Cunningham (Radical Philosophy).

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Hal Foster: Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency (2015)

3 April 2016, dusan

Bad New Days examines the evolution of art and criticism in Western Europe and North America over the last twenty-five years, exploring their dynamic relation to the general condition of emergency instilled by neoliberalism and the war on terror.

Considering the work of artists such as Thomas Hirschhorn, Tacita Dean, and Isa Genzken, and the writing of thinkers like Jacques Rancière, Bruno Latour, and Giorgio Agamben, Hal Foster shows the ways in which art has anticipated this condition, at times resisting the collapse of the social contract or gesturing toward its repair; at other times burlesquing it.

Against the claim that art making has become so heterogeneous as to defy historical analysis, Foster argues that the critic must still articulate a clear account of the contemporary in all its complexity. To that end, he offers several paradigms for the art of recent years, which he terms “abject,” “archival,” “mimetic,” and “precarious.””

Publisher Verso, London and New York, 2015
ISBN 1784781460, 9781784781460
208 pages

Presentation and discussion (video, The Kitchen, NYC, Sep 2015)
Interview (John Douglas Millar, Mute, Nov 2015)

Reviews: Mark Steven (Affirmations 2015), Brian Dillon (Guardian 2015), Rachel Wetzler (ArtNews 2015).

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