The Idea of the Avant Garde: And What It Means Today, Volume 2 (Paperback)Marc James Leger (editor)
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The concept of the avant garde is highly contested, whether one consigns it to history or claims it for present-day or future uses. The first volume of The Idea of the Avant Garde - And What It Means Today provided a lively forum on the kinds of radical art theory and partisan practices that are possible in today's world of global art markets and creative industry entrepreneurialism. This second volume presents the work of another 50 artists and writers, exploring the diverse ways that avant-gardism develops reflexive and experimental combinations of aesthetic and political praxis. The manifest strategies, temporalities, and genealogies of avant-garde art and politics are expressed through an international, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary convocation of ideas that covers the fields of film, video, architecture, visual art, art activism, literature, poetry, theatre, performance, intermedia and music.
Publisher: Intellect Books
Number of pages: 434
Weight: 1025 g
Dimensions: 280 x 215 x 26 mm
'More than a hundred years after the eruption of Dada, and fifty years after its loudly proclaimed death, the spectre of the avant garde returns in renewed and vibrant forms. This excellent collection gives an overview of just how and why a renewed experimental artistic politics is important.'-- Stevphen Shukaitis, author of The Composition of Movements to Come: Aesthetics and Cultural Labor After the Avant-Garde
'One hundred years after the October Revolution, why does art continue to be meaningful in terms of ideological disruption, that is, in avant-garde terms? If you are looking to understand this question, The Idea of the Avant Garde Vol 2 is the place to start. Navigating the decade marked by the financial apocalypse of 2008, this volume introduces the twenty-first century anti-capitalist zeitgeist in no uncertain terms: art reserves the right to not let us lose sight of what is wrong, who is responsible and what it means to take sides.'-- Angela Dimitrakaki, author of Gender, ArtWork and the Global Imperative: A Materialist Feminist Critique
'The Idea of the Avant Garde's plurality of opinions and approaches is its chief merit. Like its 2014 predecessor, the book seeks to portray how contested the avant-garde is, both conceptually and historically. That ambition shapes not only the number and selection of contributors, but also the design. [...] Leger's inclusion of ambivalent or noncommittal voices-many belonging to performers-is one of the volume's more refreshing aspects, in part because it demonstrates the fluctuating definitions and valences of the term. [...] As a whole though-and especially as a whole that refuses to cohere-Leger's The Idea of the Avant Garde offers a telling take on what the avant-garde has been, is now, and might become.'-- Jennifer Buckley, Theatre Journal
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