Press Releases : 2008/05

Book Release — Verksted #9 - ISMS 2

Published 2008/05/14


Verksted #9

Recuperating Political Radicality in Contemporary Art
2. Populism and Genre

Co-Editors: Marta Kuzma and Peter Osborne

Verksted #9: Populism and Genre is the second in the series entitled ISMS: Recuperating Political Radicality in Contemporary Art, which focuses on the complex and problematic relationships between artistic movements, political movements, and individual works. The question of populism has been at the heart of debates about both the political and the formal aspects of contemporary art since the early 1990s, for which the changed status and artistic functioning of genres have also been central. The essays in this Verksted reflect upon relations between commodified, mass-mediatic and political aspects of popular cultural and artistic forms. Victor Burgin and Éric Alliez take aim at populism in its contemporary artistic forms, as the artistic nihilism of 'the consensual descriptions and categories that alone can guarantee the populist demand for effortless legibility' and Bourriaud's 'relational aesthetics', respectively. John Kraniauskas and Marta Kuzma discuss two very different examples of the cinematic imaginary of cultural populism: the melodramatic capture of the Argentinean state by the image of Eva Perón and the fantasmatic projection of Scandinavia as a haven of sexual liberation. These widely divergent instances nonetheless converge in their characteristically popular condensation of sexual and political motifs.

ISBN: 978-82-92495-09-4
ISSN: 1503-8467
104 pages
Price: NOK 120 / €18 / $22 / £12 + postage

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Please note other Verksted issues available

Verksted #8 ISMS: Recuperating Political Radicality in Contemporary Art: 1. Constructing the Political in Contemporary Art
Verksted #7 Art of Welfare
Verksted #5/6 Travelogue: Gâp Ha Nôi/Transbord – Rájis Rádjái
Verksted #4 Sonic North
Verksted #2/3 How to Look at Art-Talk, Aesthetics, Capitalism
Verksted #1 New Institutionalism

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