e-flux journal is pleased to announce our participation in the LA Art Book Fair and a public conversation with Sylvère Lotringer and Anton Vidokle: Art Between the Cracks.
Let’s stop worrying about becoming professionals. Instead, let’s engage with the cultural field as passionate hobbyists, talented amateurs, dedicated tinkerers. Let’s be part-time artists who, out of pleasure or necessity, excel in innumerable other capacities to support an art practice. Teaching and education carry a great potential for emancipation, but in recent years art education has grown into an industrial machine, a ponzi scheme that puts artists into debt with the promise of securing professional careers that may or may not even exist. Maybe publishing books or a small journal can provide another way to become involved in a certain quality of art education that can still be emancipatory.
Sylvère Lotringer is the general editor of Semiotext(e), lives in New York and Baja, California. He is the author of Overexposed: Perverting Perversions (Semiotext(e), 2007). Best known for its introduction of French theory to American readers, Semiotext(e) has been one of America’s most influential independent presses since its inception more than three decades ago. Publishing works of theory, fiction, madness, economics, satire, sexuality, science fiction, activism and confession, Semiotext(e’)s highly curated list has famously melded high and low forms of cultural expression into a nuanced and polemical vision of the present.
Anton Vidokle is an artist and a co-editor of e-flux journal – a monthly art publication featuring essays and contributions by some of the most engaged artists and thinkers working today. e-flux journal books, co-published with Sternberg Press, Berlin, include: What is Contemporary Art? (2010); Going Public,Boris Groys (2010); Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art (2011); The Wretched of the Screen, Hito Steyerl (2012) and other titles.
Special thanks to AA Bronson and Bettina Korek/ForYourArt.com
LAST THURSDAY NIGHT’S launch of the debut LA Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at MoCA took not just the building but also social-media sites and apps by storm, an earnest frenzy that had settled into a simple fact of life by the time I arrived on the scene Friday. Organized by Printed Matter as a companion to the NY Art Book Fair, the event... Read more.