Degrowth and Progress

Degrowth and Progress

L’Internationale Online

Maja Smrekar, Survival Kit For The Anthropocene, 2015. Photo: B. Peterlin. Production: Aksioma Institute.

February 23, 2021
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L’Internationale Online launches its newest e-publication, Degrowth and Progress. Following the e-publication Austerity and Utopia, L’Internationale Online presents a second collection of interventions to think through two apparently distant concepts. Artists, thinkers and researchers were invited to reflect on a dissimilar pair of themes as fertile ground for thought and proposition. With this new issue of Degrowth and Progress, we would like to pursue a path of reflection to interrogate the ambivalence of a possible progression of degrowth, and attempt to stage a hybrid scenario of speculative thought and action. This collection draws upon the complexity of ethical, ecological and political frameworks and reveals other perspectives on the current crisis through critical essays, storytelling, science fiction, biomorphic design, audiovisual traces of artistic practices and allegorical maps. 

Progress was the firstborn of modernity, a major promise of continuous development towards the perfection of “humankind.” But progress in whose name? To whose benefit? With the exclusion of whom? Progress towards what kind of model? The notion of progress, besides being Eurocentric and linked to colonialism, has been the ideological framework for liberalism itself. The ideal of a continuous, progressive and desirable advancement of civilisation has been reframed in recent decades with “sustainable development.” But isn’t sustainability a concept far too simplistic to be able to address real questions of poverty, exploitation, segregation, congestion, depletion of land, desertification, terraforming, or the mass extinction of species? Could we think in a different direction about progress?

Contributors: Sara Buraya Boned, Cristina Cámara, Marta Echaves, Silvia Federici, Ida Hiršenfelder, Vladan Joler, Vincent Liegey, Monica Narula, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Corina Oprea, Paula Pin Lage, Ajda Pistotnik

Presenting works by: Rosa Barba, nora chipaumire and Ari Marcopoulos, Staš Kleindienst, Elizabeth LaPensée, Paula Pin Lage, Raqs Media Collective, Maja Smrekar, Andrés Tena

In conjuction to the launch of Degrowth and Progress, L’Internationale Online hosts a limited online screening of the film The Empirical Effect (2010) by Rosa Barba, the self documentary video produced for this e-publication by transfeminist artist and researcher Paula Pin Lage, Degrowth makes me grow (2021), as well as photos and audio recording of #PUNK 100% POP *N!GGA (2018) performance by nora chipaumire and Ari Marcopoulos, between February 17 and April 17 2021. 

The members of the editorial board are: Nick Aikens, Farah Aksoy, Sara Buraya Boned, David Crowley, Meagan Down, Anne-Claire Schmitz, Ida Hiršenfelder, Pablo Martinez, Jyoti Mistry, Corina Oprea, Yuji Kawasima, Tove Posselt. 

Editors of Degrowth and ProgressSara Buraya Boned and Ida Hiršenfelder

L’Internationale Online is the platform for art and research of a confederation of seven modern and contemporary art institutions Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana, Slovenia); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, Barcelona, Spain); Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium); SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (MSNW, Warsaw, Poland) and Van Abbemuseum (VAM, Eindhoven, the Netherlands). L’Internationale is working together with complementary partners such as HDK-Valand Art Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden and College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland.

Corina Oprea, Managing Editor L’Internationale Online, corina.oprea [​at​]

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