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Between the Material and the Possible: Infrastructural Re-examination and Speculation in Art

£20.50

ISBN: 978-3-95679-600-5

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Sternberg Press and Edith-Russ-Haus, 2022
Language: English

Over the past decade, a growing number of artists, theorists, curators, and researchers have moved from institutional critique to infrastructural critique, or infrastructural speculation, in which they explore the potential of creative visions and scenarios. In attempts to counter various impasses, art has immersed itself in systemic critiques and propositional thinking, addressing major challenges such as the rampant financialisation of the economy and runaway climate change.

From questions around space settlements to the possibility of repurposing blockchain and financial instruments for redistributive purposes, from the diagrammatic potential of infrastructural thinking in artistic practices to scenario planning and economic strategising, this collection of new essays brings together critical analysis from a broad group of contributors. Their interrogations span local and global relationalities, historical and political legacies, as well as future-oriented infrastructural hypotheses.

Contributions by NANCY ADAJANIA, BASSAM EL BARONI, SABETH BUCHMANN, TOM CLARK, CASSANDRA COLLECTIVE, VERMEIR & HEIREMANS, VÁCLAV JANOŠ?ÍK, BOGNA KONIOR, AUDE LAUNAY, JOÃO ENXUTO and ERICA LOVE, BAHAR NOORIZADEH, MATTHEW POOLE, GHALYA SAADAWI, ADHAM SELIM, NISHANT SHAH, ILAN MANOUACH and MARINA VISHMIDT, TIRDAD ZOLGHADR, and NATALIA ZULUAGA. In conversation DIAKRON (DAVID HILMER REX and ASLAK AAMOT HELM) with ADAM MARBLESTONE.

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