October 28, 2009 - Afterall - Afterall Issue 22 Out Now
October 28, 2009

Afterall Issue 22 Out Now

Afterall Issue 22 Out Now

This year Afterall journal celebrates its 10th anniversary.
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We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website featuring Afterall Online, a forum for specially commissioned essays and interviews. As part of our 10 years celebration we have also made the entire back catalogue of Afterall journal freely available online.

Out Now – Issue 22
Autumn 2009

Sheela Gowda
Essay: Trevor Smith
Interview with Suman Gopinath and Christoph Storz
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys
Essays: Judith Wilkinson and Joshua Smith
Art Club 2000
Essays: Jackie McAllister and Gareth James

Joshua Decter on sustainable art in post-Katrina New Orleans
Herman Asselberghs on Nam June Paik and Guy Debord’s films without images

Events, Works, Exhibitions
Thomas Dylan Eaton on Shuji Terayama’s film Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Michael Ned Holte on termite art in Jean-Pierre Gorin’s Routine Pleasures
Isobel Whitelegg on the forgotten history of the Bienal de São Paulo during the 1970s

Mark Lewis

We are pleased to announce the publication of Afterall issue 22.

This issue explores approaches to critique born within specific contexts – from 1970s Brazil to 1990s New York – and investigates the possible relevance of these to different moments and places. For example, today’s New Orleans is the setting for Joshua Decter’s essay, which looks at the relationship between art and the cultural contradictions between urban regeneration, social justice and sustainability. Along parallel lines, the work of Sheela Gowda is studied by Trevor Smith and Suman Gopinath, who consider its original Indian context and, at the same time, assess its attempts to be accessible to those not familiar with that context, for example through the exploration of the relationship between manual labour and art. The same transition from a specific situation to a wider problematic is examined by Jackie McAllister and Gareth James’s essays on Art Club 2000, as the response of the collective to the cultural and financial situation in New York in the 1990s finds echoes in today’s crisis. In the back section of the journal, Isobel Whitelegg writes about the forgotten history of the Bienal de São Paulo during the years when a political boycott meant it slipped from international attention, exploring how history is written differently on a local and international context, and Thomas Dylan Eaton reviews the history of Japanese artistic and political radicalism of the 1970s through a close study of Shuji Terayama’s Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1970), a violent satire of post-War complacency.

Film, and its relation to political conflict, is also a topic for Michael Ned Holte, who in his essay looks back at Routine Pleasures, a film Jean-Pierre Gorin made after leaving the Dziga Vertov Group. Continuing with film issues, Judith Wilkinson and Joshua Smith consider the claustrophobic world of Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys’s videos, and Herman Asselberghs advances a new reading of the ‘white screen’ as explored by Nam June Paik, Jean-Luc Godard and Guy Debord.

Afterall journal is published by Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, in association with MuHKA, Antwerp and UNIA arteypensamiento, Seville. Issue 22 can be purchased in bookshops across the UK, Europe and America.

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Afterall Books
Afterall also publishes several series of books. Our latest titles are Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel by Amna Malik and Michael Snow: Wavelength by Elizabeth Legge. For more information on the One Work series please click here.

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