Art and Theory After Socialism

Art and Theory After Socialism

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1841502111

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Art, theory, and criticism faced radical new challenges after the end of the cold war. Art and Theory After Socialism investigates what happens when theories of art from the former East and the former West collide, parsing the work of former Soviet bloc artists alongside that of their western counterparts. Mel Jordan and Malcolm Miles conclude that the dreams promised by capitalism have not been delivered in Eastern Europe, and likewise, the democratic liberation of the West has fallen prey to global conflict and high-risk situations. This volume is a revolutionary take on the overlap of art and everyday life in a post–cold war world.

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ideological constructions,12 Armenian artists of the Act group heroically strove towards absolute freedom but at the same time this drive to freedom was itself an artistic project. By rejecting the body as a site for the historical contestation of both memory and forgetting and by subscribing it to a modernist belief in progress and Enlightenment, they embraced the rhetoric of Western neoliberal economic and free market values. The refusal to accept the body as constituted in specific social and

political economists take issue with his work: First…the argument for the emergence of commodification suggests one-dimensionalism, essentialism, and…fatalism…Second, it is not clear what the victory of commodity actually means because the sense of the term changes…in Baudrillard’s analysis…But to appropriating the ex-cold war |   63 the extent that it holds a specific meaning, sign value is limited to the needs of capital to produce a dense, hierarchical system of meanings, of status

things, but a very specific, ideological as well as idealized picture of the world, but he did so in what can be termed depresentation. That is, not only representing a view of the world, a possible view of a possible world, but doing so through the exclusion and elimination of other possible as well as impossible worlds. A depresentation is an act of rhetorically, and sometimes physically and violently, removing certain ideas from history and the horizon, from the spectrum of the representable;

is a German word for a type of monument that refers to a negative historical moment as a reminder or a warning for future generations. 2. The city’s castle was first built in the fifteenth century and was altered throughout the centuries. It was the residency of the kings of Prussia and German emperors until the fall of the monarchy in 1918. It was used as a museum until WWII, when bombing seriously damaged it. The GDR government finally demolished everything in 1950 in order to use the symbolic

urban politics of the GDR involved using modernist architecture as a symbol of power. Thus, many cities had their centres rebuilt mainly with the plattenbau technique, creating the iconography for a new lifestyle. 6. Ostalgie is a German term to acknowledge the nostalgia of the former German Democratic Republic. It combines Ost (east) with nostalgie (nostalgia). 7. Rosalyn Deutsche’s description of his work is in Deutsche (1998). 8. City office for ‘Monument Protection’ is the literal

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