A Reader on Art and Labour
Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Annika Enqvist, Michele Masucci, Lisa Rosendahl & Cecilia Widenheim (Eds.)
What is the position of the artist if “creativity” has become a commodity? How can the artist’s conditions of production be described, and what role can art and architecture play in societal change? The texts in this foundational reader provide perspectives emerging from the series of interdisciplinary seminars conducted during the late fall of 2010 at Iaspis in Stockholm. They are arranged into three themes: the relationship between art and work, the current conditions of the production and organization of work within visual art and the role of art and architecture in politics and society. Texts from Pierre Bal-Blanc, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Annika Eriksson, Kirsten Forkert, Lars Bang Larsen, Maria Lind, Judith Revel, Joanna Soko/lowska, Hito Steyerl, Mladen Stilinovic ́, and Nina Svensson, among others.
6 1/2x 9 inches/ 287 pp/ 7 b&w/ 42 color
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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politics and good intentions, Tirdad Zolghadr’s work is composed of the logorrhea of online communication and unpublished manuscripts.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.
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