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It's the Political Economy, Stupid: The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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'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 on which the book is based)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745333694
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Sholette is an artist, activist and author based in New York. He co-founded two artists' collectives: Political Art Documentation and Distribution (1980-88) and REPOhistory (1989-2000). He is the author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (Pluto, 2010) and co-editor of Collectivism after Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945 (2007) and The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life (2004).

Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker based in Vienna. His work has been exhibited across the world including at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul and the Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt. He is the editor of Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies (2007).

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Pia Hovi-Assad, Pori Art Museum, Finland
1. 'Unspeaking the Grammar of Finance'; Gregory Sholette and Oliver Ressler
2. 'It's The Political Economy, Stupid!'; Slavoj Žiže; Liz Park comments on art from the exhibition It's The Political Economy, Stupid
3. 'The Political Economization of Art'; John Roberts
4. 'Derivative Days: Notes on Art, Finance and the Un-Productive Forces'; Melanie Gilligan
5. 'Occupational Realism'; Julia Bryan Wilson; Angela Dimitrakaki & Kirsten Lloyd comment on art from It's The Political Economy, Stupid
6. 'Occupy Wall Street's Anarchist Roots'; David Graeber
7. 'Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of the Street' (excerpts); Judith Butler; Thom Donovan comments on art from It's The Political Economy, Stupid
8. 'Sick Sad Life: On the Artistic Reproduction of Capital'; Kerstin Stakemeier
9. 'Art after Capitalism,' A Final Word; Brian Holmes
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