Brave New Avant Garde is a collection of essays that ask the questions: what is an adequate model of contemporary avant garde practice and what are its theoretical premises? With this it asks the related question, echoing Alain Badiou: must the avant garde hypothesis be abandoned? Brave New Avant Garde stands in opposition to postmodern post-politics and the view that radical practice has no other future than its reduction to the workings of the free market in the form of the simple process of cultural production or to variations on the cultural politics of representation. Today's avant garde, formed in the wake of the end of the Soviet Union and the rise of the anti-globalization movement, represents a counter-power that rejects the inevitability of capitalist integration. The way out for artists in today's world of creative industries is defined in these pages as a psychoanalytically informed sinthomeopathic practice, a critical identification with prevailing conditions of production that avoids the surplus enjoyment of the ideology of postmodern pluralism.
How the East stayed East and the West stayed West.
Examining the recent changes in the labour of an artist and addressing them from the perspective of performance.
Declares the relationship between sound art and music “colloquial”: spoken and accessible, rather than locked behind disciplinary boundaries.
Analysing the signs of everyday life.
This book argues that the films of David Lynch pose a radical challenge to conservative and absolutist ideologies.
Is art a mode of control? Does our desire to create constrain us as effectively as our desire to consume?
Ephemeral, F.M.R.L: A collection of fragments and essays recording accidents of hearing and detours of thought in response to the peripheral nature of listening and reading.
Julian Jason Haladyn
Examines the manners in which modern artists use boredom as a form of aesthetic resistance that, at its most positive, is the will to boredom.
Marc James Léger
Charting new directions for cultural theory and practice and offering alternatives to the project of neoliberal class restoration.
Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen
A Western Marxist, Avant-garde reading of contemporary art.