Supercommunity: Diabolical Togetherness Beyond Contemporary Art

In more than 60 texts, first published on-site at 56th Venice Biennale, artists and writers trace the negative collective that is the subject of contemporary life.

Supercommunity: Diabolical Togetherness Beyond Contemporary Art

“Supercommunity traverses every experience, every struggle. It gives voice to art as it does to social critique, to the critique of science in the same way as the syndicalism of the old and new labour-power, to the struggle of artists as precarious workers and the precarious workers as artists.”

—Antonio Negri

“I am the supercommunity, and you are only starting to recognize me. I grew out of something that used to be humanity. Some have compared me to angry crowds in public squares; others compare me to wind and atmosphere, or to software.”

Invited to exhibit at the 56th Venice Biennale, e-flux journal produced a single issue over a four-month span, publishing an article a day both online and on site from Venice.

In essays, poems, short stories, and plays, artists and theorists trace the negative collective that is the subject of contemporary life, in which art, the internet, and globalization have shed their utopian guises but persist as naked power, in the face of apocalyptic ecological disaster and against the claims of the social commons.

Introduction by Antonio Negri. Edited by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle; with guest-edited sections by Raqs Media Collective, Tom Holert, Natasha Ginwala, Boris Groys, Pedro Neves Marques. 

With contributions by: Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Sophia Al Maria, Allora & Calzadilla, Anne Anlin Cheng, Julieta Aranda, Kader Attia, Giuliana Bruno, Ilya Budraitskis, Luis Camnitzer, Federico Campagna, Yin-Ju Chen, Ted Chiang, Keti Chukhrov, Douglas Coupland, Déborah Danowski, Liu Ding, Marisol de la Cadena, Jimmie Durham, Sean Dockray, Hu Fang, Harun Farocki, Global Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.), Leela Gandhi, Natasha Ginwala, Lesley Green, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, David Hodge, Tom Holert, James T. Hong, Hiwa K, Carolyn L. Kane, Showkat Kathjoo, Brian Kuan Wood, Adam Kleinman, Hassan Khan, Adrian Lahoud, Lawrence Liang, Maria Lind, Wietske Maas, Raqs Media Collective, Guy Mannes-Abbott, Metahaven, Naeem Mohaiemen, Gean Moreno, Antonio Negri, Arjuna Neuman, Ahmet Öğüt, Pedro Neves Marques, Ernesto Oroza, Jussi Parikka, Matteo Pasquinelli, Nina Power, Jon Rich, Uzma Z. Rizvi, Mohammad Salemy, Shveta Sarda, Steven Shaviro, Emily Segal, Aaron Schuster, Sher Singh, Bhrigupati Singh, Jonas Staal, Gertrude Stein, Charles Stankievech, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Jan Verwoert, Anton Vidokle, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), Carol Yinghua Lu, Ala Younis, Hamed Yousefi, Arseny Zhilyaev.

Technology, Internet, Contemporary Art, Utopia, Surveillance & Privacy, Nature & Ecology, Migration & Immigration, Labor & Work, Globalization
Biennials, Networks, Post-Internet, Contemporaneity, Anthropocene, Apocalypse, Art Criticism, Transhumanism, Cosmism, Social Media, Science Fiction, Psychogeography, Postcolonialism, Ontology, Nihilism, Knowledge Production, Internet Art, Institutional Critique, Immaterial Labor, Human - Nonhuman Relations, Artistic Research

Verso Books and e-flux, 2017
480 pages, 60 b&w images
ISBN 9781786633590

Paperback $24.95 | e-book $9.99 | Hardback $95.00

Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle

Introduction by
Antonio Negri

Studio Remco van Bladel


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