New York, NY 10128 United States
In collaboration with e-flux and Verso Books, the Guggenheim presents the U.S. launch of two recent Verso publications: Hito Steyerl’s Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War, a new volume of essays by the writer, filmmaker, and artist; and Supercommunity: Diabolical Togetherness Beyond Contemporary Art, a collection of essays, poems, short stories, and plays by artists and theorists selected from the eponymous 88-text issue of e-flux journal commissioned for the 56th Venice Biennale. The evening will feature Steyerl in conversation with media theorist Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, as well as presentations by artist and Supercommunity contributing author Jennifer Allora and editors Julieta Aranda and Brian Kuan Wood.
In Duty Free Art, Berlin-based filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl wonders how we can appreciate, or even make, art in the present age. What can we do when arms manufacturers sponsor museums, and some of the world’s most valuable artworks are used as a fictional currency in a global futures market that has nothing to do with the works themselves? Can we distinguish between creativity and the digital white noise that bombards our everyday lives? Exploring artifacts as diverse as video games, WikiLeaks files, the proliferation of spam, and political actions, she exposes paradoxes within globalization, political economies, visual culture, and the status of art production.
Over a four-month span in 2015, e-flux journal’s editors published Supercommunity. The ongoing issue was presented daily both online and on site at the 56th Venice Biennale. A selection of these essays, plays, poems, and short stories chosen for the new book Supercommunity: Diabolical Togetherness Beyond Contemporary Art forms a cohesive collection tracing the negative collective that is the subject of contemporary life. These texts illuminate the ways in which art, the Internet, and globalization have shed their utopian guises yet persist as naked power in the face of apocalyptic ecological disaster and against the claims of the social commons.
Both titles published by Verso Books will be available at the event.
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