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Art and Contemporary Critical Practice: Reinventing by Gerald Raunig, Gene Ray, Hito Steyerl

By Gerald Raunig, Gene Ray, Hito Steyerl

‘Institutional critique’ is better recognized in the course of the serious perform that constructed within the past due Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies by means of artists who offered radical demanding situations to the museum and gallery procedure. considering the fact that then it's been driven in new instructions by means of new generations of artists registering and responding to the worldwide changes of up to date lifestyles. The essays accrued during this quantity discover this legacy and boost the versions of institutional critique in ways in which pass way past the sphere of artwork. Interrogating the transferring kinfolk among ‘institutions’ and ‘critique’, the individuals to this quantity study the earlier and current of institutional critique and suggest strains of destiny improvement. attractive with the paintings of philosophers and political theorists reminiscent of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Gilles Deleuze, Antonio Negri, Paolo Virno and others, those essays contemplate the mutual enrichments among serious artwork practices and social events and difficult the stipulations for politicized severe perform within the twenty-first century.

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Where the critical impulse is at least maintained as a socialpolitical one, this is usually accompanied by a fetishization of the ends, which ultimately obscures a critical examination of the means altogether; where it withdraws into the self-contemplation of the contexts it started from (and this is of particular interest here), the result is the fetishization of a certain form of ends. What is fetishized in the latter case is less the end itself, but rather the form in which it is sought, that is, more precisely, the form of aiming at something or the link binding means and ends together.

Fraser also writes that the institutions of art should not be seen as an autonomous field, separate from the rest of the world, the same way that ‘we’ are not separate from the institution. While I would certainly agree with any attempt to view art institutions as part of a larger ensemble of socio-economic and disciplinary spaces, I am nonetheless confused by the simultaneous attempt to integrate the art world into the current (politico-economic) world system and the 30 Notes on Institutional Critique upholding of a ‘we’ of the art world itself.

And in a certain sense, institutional criticism is integrated into that subjectivity, something which Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels explicitly refer to in their Communist Manifesto, namely as the capacity of the bourgeoisie to abolish and to melt down outdated institutions and everything else that is useless and petrified, as long as the general form of authority itself isn’t threatened. The bourgeois class had formed through a limited, so to speak, institutionalized critique and also maintained and reproduced itself through its continuous application.

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