Recasting Volkbühne, dissecting Brexit, and darkening New Materialism

Recasting Volkbühne, dissecting Brexit, and darkening New Materialism


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July 25, 2016
Recasting Volkbühne, dissecting Brexit, and darkening New Materialism
Highlights from e-flux conversations, June–July 2016

In case you missed out, here's a digest of the top stories on e-flux conversations from June–July 2016.

Volksbühne staff on Chris Dercon: We fear job cuts and liquidation
“This change stands for a historical leveling and destruction of our identity.”

Boris Groys in conversation with Carl Hegemann: The shock of socialism is gone
What did Volksbühne look like amid actually existing socialism, and is this look relevant today?

Ursula K. Le Guin: A rant about "technology"
Dissolving the distinction between “hard” sci-fi and “soft” sci-fi

MoMA curator Sally Berger fired over disinviting documentarian to film festival
Could MoMA be North Korea’s next victim?

e-flux journal redux: Hito Steyerl on the racism of European elites
"At what point do whole societies become skinheads?"

Arseny Zhilyaev in conversation with Boris Groys: “Contemporary art is the theology of the museum”
The historical novelty of progress without purpose

Liam Gillick: Unleash the Butterflies: The Failure of Culture in the Face of Brexit
Somehow, Damien Hirst failed to sway the British working class

Rare Candy and collaborators withdraw work from Berlin Biennale over authorship legibility concerns
“We feel these oversights have enabled an almost complete dismissal of the authorship of our contribution to the biennale.”

Liberal repressive tolerance, New Materialism, and "dark Deleuze": An interview with Andrew Culp
We must abandon the canon of joy

Evading the twins traps of "positive thinking" and nihilistic despair
In praise of self-care without illusions

e-flux journal redux: "Idiot Wind: On the Rise of Right-Wing Populism"
Haven’t we seen this before?

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