Disassembling Histories of Racialized Violence
Marina Gržinic (Ed.)
Border Thinking: Disassembling Histories of Racialized Violence aims to question and provide answers to current border issues in Europe. Central to this investigation is a refugee crisis that is a crisis of global Western capitalism and its components: modern- ization, nationalism, structural racism, dispossession, and social, political, and economic violence. In this reader, these issues are connected with the concept of borders, which have begun to disappear as a function of the global neoliberal economy, while reappearing again through deportations, segregations, and war. How can we address these relations in an open way, beyond borders? Is it possible to develop border thinking for a radical transformation, as a means to revolutionize the state of things? To do this, we must reconsider what is possible for the social and political, as well as for art and culture. Twenty-eight essays are featured by C.A.S.I.T.A., Njideka Stephanie Iroh, Yuderkys Miñoso, Joshua Simon, Shirley Anne Tate, Hiroshi Yoshioka, and more. Border Thinking is part of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna series.
Softcover / 6 ½ x 8 ¾ in. / 308 pp / 17 color
Retail Price: $30.00
ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, VIENNA
“The Outside Can’t Go Outside”
Isabella Graw & Daniel Birnbaum (Eds.)
Why has there been so much interest in “surplus value” in recent years? In “The Outside Can’t Go Outside”, artist Merlin Carpenter considers how this term has been inserted into contemporary art theory following the financial crisis of 2007/8. The book focuses on the idea that the value of art is located in unpaid mental, educational, and communicational labor that is gradually accrued and then exploited according to the logic of Marx’s central thesis on exploitation. This much-hyped view is rejected in favor of a more rigorous Marxist interpretation of the nature of surplus value, and its role in a systematic law of value. Carpenter counterposes value to what exists outside of it—a dream, an imaginary, what he describes as a “trance” or the location of revolutionary thought and desires. The outside, however, is not proposed as a physical location, but as an outside inside the body that functions as a line of control within. Moreover, the author suggests that the new revolutionary subjects might be the new groups that form in order to push against control networks, in a reordering of class struggles. Institut für Kunstkritik is an on-going series, edited by Isabelle Graw and Daniel Birnbaum.
5 x 7 1⁄2 in. / 72pp. / Text only
Retail Price: $16.00
Institute fur Kunstritik, Frankfurt