On the Necessity of Art's Exit from Contemporary Art

Author(s): MALIK, Suhail
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780993045813
Contemporary art's shortcomings are increasingly evident, hence the continued efforts to escape art as we know it: the now-familiar emphases on public participation, non-art, smuggling, deterritorialisation, inbetween-ness, eventhood, indeterminacy...Yet these efforts simply perpetuate and entrench the very limitations of art they seek to overcome. In his closely-argued book, Suhail Malik documents how, as the expanded field of contemporary art became increasingly attractive to those seeking egress from conventional power structures, it also developed into an apparatus that systematically deprives its actors of any real agency in the world. In order for art to have substantial and credible traction on anything beyond or larger than itself, it is necessary decisively to exit contemporary art-and therefore to renounce contemporary art's logic of escape. But what could this art other to contemporary art's paradigm of escape be? What new kinds of social structure and distributions of power would support it?On the basis of a forceful analysis of the deadlock in contemporary art today, this book sets out the parameters for a new conceptualization of art's agency in the world of tomorrow

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780993045813
ISBN10 0957529589
Author MALIK, Suhail
Binding Paperback
Date Published 1 Feb 2019
Frequency No
Report Date 2019/02/01
Pages 130
Publisher Urbanomic

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