Gregory Sholette: Are you talking to me?

Interventionist Art in the Age of Enterprise Culture.
Keynote for “Truth is Concrete”,  21/09/2012

It starts like this. The apparent reemergence of activist art, political art, interventionist art, socially engaged art, collectivized art. Some see it as a return to concerns dating back to the formation of modernism. Others perceive it as little more than an artistic genre, a concept useful for organizing the next exhibition, or a means of freshening up this or that museum collection. But we know it is neither simply repetition, any more than it is just another aesthetic category.  Continue reading

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Truth is concrete

Opening Introduction by Florian Malzacher

“Truth is concrete” – this was the sentence written in big letters over Bertolt Brecht’s desk in his Danish exile – quoting Lenin quoting Hegel quoting Augustine. In a time of extreme political turbulence it was a constant reminder never to forget the reality around in Europe of the late 1930ies. In another corner of his study stood– as Walter Benjamin writes in his notes – a little wooden donkey with a sign around his neck: “Even I must understand it”. Continue reading

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Nato Thompson: Occupying Space and Time

As every cultural gesture reproduces existing power structures, art and advertisement begin to mean the same. Why artist-activists have to move on from tactical short-term interventions to strategic longterm movements and occupations argues Nato Thompson.

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Chantal Mouffe: Strategies of radical politics and aesthetic resistance

Post-fordist capitalist conditions don’t necessitate critical artistic practices to be formulated in terms of “exodus”: Chantal Mouffe pleads for artists to take up strategies of engagement to challenge the dominant neo-liberal consensus.
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Gerald Raunig: Das UND besetzen

Gerald Raunig zeigt, wie das UND zwischen Kunst und Revolution Nachbarschaftszonen der transversalen Verkettung hervorbringen kann
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Mission statements by “Truth is concrete” contributors

A small collection of artistic strategies in politics by Antanas Mockus, Alexandra Galkina, WochenKlausur, Reverend Billy, The HairCut Before the Party, Katherine Ball, CANVAS, Zentrum für Politische Schönheit & raumlaborberlin
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Raimar Stange: Formate des Politischen

In Zeiten der Krise gerät das autonome Kunstwerk unter Verdacht – vor allem wenn es sich den Gesetzen des globalen Kunstmarkts unterwirft. Wie aber stellt sich politisch engagierte Kunst dar? Raimar Stange über Präsentationsformen zeitgenössischer Kunst im diesjährigen steirischen herbst.
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Michael Zinganel: Beißhemmung im gut umhegten Revier

Revolution war anderswo. In Graz haben sich avancierte Kunst und Politestablishment gerne familiär arrangiert, meint Michael Zinganel.

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