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IT'S THE POLITICAL ECONOMY, STUPID
THURSDAY, APR 25 2013, 06:30 PM
The Austrian Cultural Forum is very pleased to host the New York presentation of It’s the Political Economy, Stupid - The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory. This book is based on the exhibition It’s the Political Economy, Stupid curated by the artists Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette, which launched a preview exhibition at Open Space in Vienna (2011), continued at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Centre of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki (2012), and is currently on display at the Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland (until May 26, 2013).
Participants in this event will include both curators, Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette, as well as artists Dread Scott (whose performance piece, Money To Burn, was featured on the ACFNY exhibition poster) and Maureen Connor, and Thom Donovan (whose insightful review of the exhibition was published on the Art:21 Blog), who will moderate the event.
It’s the Political Economy, Stupid
The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory
Edited By Gregory Sholette and Oliver Ressler
Pluto Press, February 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7453-3369-4, ISBN10: 0-7453-3369-9,
6.690 x 9.450 inches, 192 pages, 45 Photos,
'In the wake of the capitalist crisis, very few cultural institutions have dared to address the horrors of greed that plague us in such a direct and haunting way." - Alexander Cavaluzzo, Hyperallergic
'Confrontational, intellectual, and occasionally amusing group show, which squarely aligns itself with the Occupy movement." - Village Voice (praise for the exhibition at the ACFNY)
It's the Political Economy, Stupid brings together internationally acclaimed artists and thinkers, including Slavoj Žižek, David Graeber, Judith Butler and Brian Holmes, to focus on the current economic crisis in a sustained and critical manner.
Following a unique format, images and text are integrated in a visually stunning bespoke production by activist designer Noel Douglas. What emerges is a powerful critique of the current capitalist crisis through an analytical and theoretical response and an aesthetic-cultural rejoinder. By combining artistic responses with the analysis of leading radical theorists, the book expands the boundaries of critique beyond the usual discourse.
It's the Political Economy, Stupid argues that it is time to push back against the dictates of the capitalist logic and, by use of both theoretical and artistic means, launch a rescue of the very notion of the social.