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TIRDAD ZOLGHADR

Plot

Caroline Schneider (Ed.)

A speculative, existentialist novel on the melancholia of revolutionary politics and good intentions, Tirdad Zolghadr’s work is composed of the logorrhea of online communication and unpublished manuscripts. It takes place at the start of the New Zion Empire in 2016—a time of unprecedented dystopic stability with generous drone regiments, awesome capital investments, and more soft-power propaganda than ever employed in modern history.Sergeant Jim of the United States is taken hostage in Yazd, once the proud seat of the Persian Empire, and becomes a wildly popular mouthpiece for Third World rhetoric and anti-Zionist mottos. The abductors (a ghostwriter, an aspiring self-help guru, and an academic) invite a trusted celebrity blogger to their suburban compound to generate hype for their cause and possibly replace Jim as their new abductee. Hilarity ensues.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/ 5 x 7 inches/ 208 pp/
ISBN: 978-3-943365-26-9 · Retail Price: $32.00

TIRDAD ZOLGHADR

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Following his futuristic novel Plot, polemical art theoretician Tirdad Zolghadr targets the moral economy of indeterminacy that makes curators and artists politically stunted, intellectually bankrupt and aesthetically predictable in his latest treatise. Curators, in particular, he sees as a necessary evil, at best offering one transgalactic statement, one buzzword after another. Even the mainstream is convinced it’s better off doing the curating itself. Drawing on texts and projects by both artists and curators, including some transgalactic blunders of his own, Zolghadr ventures suggestions beyond the gravitational pull of business as usual. Independent writer/curator and professor at Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Zolghadr writes for frieze and other publications, and is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine. He organized the UAE Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2009 and is curatorial advisor to the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and frequent lecturer at the Intl. Academy of Art, Palestine.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
January 2017 / Softcover
5 x 8 ¼ in. / 264 pp / 5 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-203-8 · Retail Price: $26.00