The Rediscovery of Art as Political Imagination
Hans D. Christ & Iris Dressler (Eds.)
The politicization of the arts today is the subject of this important and timely publication examining three exhibitions that explore how a resistive art might be imagined, despite being enmeshed in the economic structures it counters; what other knowledge and communities art can foster; and what tools and weapons art can supply. Each project— Unrest of Form: Imagining the Political Subject from the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna; Monday Begins on Saturday, part of the Bergen Assembly; and Giving Form to the Impatience of Liberty at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart—probes the relations between art, politics and the knowledge generation. Extensive photographic documentation of each exhibition and related essays together make for a blunt discussion about the social role art should play in the 21st century to be effective in creating change rather than being merely elitist and market driven. Featured artists include Alice Creischer, Carlfriedrich Claus, Jimmie Durham, Tim Etchells, Dora García, Francis Hunger, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Kathrin Röggla and Clemens von Wedemeyer.
Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 in. / 360 pp / 161 color
Retail Price: $35.00
WÜRTTEMBERGISCHER KUNSTVEREIN, GERMANY
A Conversation at Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich
Jürg Berthold, Kristina Hinrichsen, Philip Ursprung & Mechtild Widrich (Eds.)
Presence: A Conversation at Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich is not your traditional post-conference publication but conceived as a theatrical discourse of ideas on the subject of “presence” both on- and offstage. In contrast to transcribed conversations, monologues—like small performative interruptions—are interspersed throughout this book of conversations amongst the symposium participants. The lively juxtaposition of both individual speech and colloquy is enhanced by theatrical conventions: characters enter and exit; stage directions mirror those found in Zürich’s historical Cabaret Voltaire, a Dadaist stronghold in the early 20th century and now a visual arts center hosting conversations and symposia and where this event took place. Inspired by the writings of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht and Gernot Bohme on “presence” as defined through various disciplines, participants and scholars from Europe and the US, including Amelia Jones, Michael Hampe, media theorists Tom Levin and Rebecca Schneider and Pritzker Prize–winning architect Peter Zumthor, among others, explore what “presence” means in the 21st century.
5 x 8 in. / 288 pp
Retail Price: $24.00