The New New Left

The New New Left


Eliza Douglas in Anohni’s “Paradise,” 2017. Director: Colin Whitaker.

June 8, 2017
The New New Left
June 2017 / issue no. 106
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“The New New Left,” the theme of this issue, is not entirely “new new” as it indeed shares some concerns with the old anti-capitalist Left—namely, an insistence on a theoretical analysis of capitalism and the undue price many in such a system pay. But as the traditional discourses and strategies of the Left (workerism, identity politics, avant-gardist tricksterism, etc.) have been taken up by anti-progressive outlets, it has become increasingly complicated to locate a Left stance from which to effectively speak and act. This issue explores the affective mechanisms and media strategies that are producing our current political field: from the rise of viral content (memes) to the roll of celebrity in the new “establishment Left” to the politicization of damaged pride toward racist and/or nationalist ends. The issue also features the words of several artists commenting on the conditions of cultural labor in our post-millennial, post-financial crisis, post-Brexit/Trump, now.

Main section (in English and German):
Sabine Hark & Sighard Neckel
“Cultural Resources: on Feelings of Resentment and Revenge”

Verena Dengler
“Fake Left, Punch Right”

Jaleh Mansoor
“Unveiling and/or Re-masking: on the Political Dialectics of the Opacity of the Sign”

Seth Price
“Wrong Seeing, Odd Thinking, Strange Action”

Matt Goerzen
“Notes Toward the Memes of Production”

Diedrich Diederichsen
“The Tough Stuff: on ‘Populism,’ ‘Political Correctness,’ and the Like”

Simon Denny 
“Face the Market on Your Own”

Klaus Walter
“Liberté, Egalité, Beyoncé?”

Dan Bodan
“Europe 2016/17: Selected Status Updates of Recent Months”

New Development:
Ana Teixeira Pinto
“Art Washing: NRx and the Alt-Right” (English)

Reviews (partial listing):
Christian Kravagna on The Color Line at Musée Quai Branly, Paris (German)

Johanna Burton on Douglas Crimp’s memoir Before Pictures (English)

Susanne Witzgall on Postwar: Kunst zwischen Pazifik und Atlantik 1945-1965 at Haus der Kunst, Munich (German)

Philipp Ekardt on Sabeth Buchmann et al. eds., Putting Rehearsals to the Test (English)

Tina Schulz on Nora Schlutz at Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (German)

Christian Philipp-Müller on Yuji Agematsu at Miguel Abreu Gallery, NY (English)

Georg Imdahl on Wade Guyton at Museum Brandhörst, Munich (German)

Steven Warwick on Liz Craft & Pentti Monkkonen at Liszt, Berlin (English)

Eva Scharrer on Nairy Baghramiam at S.M.A.K., Ghent (German)

Gunter Reski on Pieter Schoolwerth at Capitain Petzel, Berlin (German)

Dena Yago on Danny McDonald at House of Gaga, LA (English)

Ilya Lipkin on Ned Vena at Societé, Berlin (English)

Gustaf Metzger (1926–2017) in the words of Sabine Breitwieser (German)

Plus artists’ editions by:
Anne Imhof
Sean Landers

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