Cover: Arnold Mesches [Archive of contemporary artist contributions: http://culturalpolitics.org]
Announcing the arrival of:
Cultural Politics Volume 11.1
Featuring essays and art by:
- Cover/interior art and essay by Arnold Mesches: American Uncanny, which can be accessed freely online (as are all Cultural Politics cover artists) courtesy of Duke University Press. Color html or B&W formatted PDF.
To date, Arnold Mesches has had 142 solo exhibitions and countless group shows. His work is included in the permanent collections of both the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, as well is in numerous other public and private collections. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Florida State Individual Artist Fellowship, and three Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants. In 2009, the University of Florida awarded him an honorary doctorate. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Brooklyn, New York, and is married to the American novelist Jill Ciment.
- Life in Gaza, a photo essay by David Segarra.
David Segarra (b. 1976) is a documentary filmmaker and journalist from Valencian Country, Spain. He began working as a journalist for independent Catalan newspapers in Valencia and Catalonia, and since 2007 he has been directing documentaries for Venezuelan public television. Segarra directed the award-winning documentary Fire on the Marmara (2011) about the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, a humanitarian mission that was attacked by Israeli commandos in 2010. It won first prize in international film festivals in Venezuela, Argentina, and Morocco, and garnered special mentions in Finland, Qatar, Mexico, and Spain. In 2014, Segarra lived for three months in Gaza. A book of his photographs, accompanied by essays and poems about life in the Gaza Strip, Viure, Morir i Nàixer a Gaza (Living, Dying, and Being Born in Gaza), was published by Sembra Llibres in 2014.
- Vespertine, an essay by John Armitage about twilight happenings, with paintings by Joy Garnett.
John Armitage is professor of media arts at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He specializes in the work of Paul Virilio, the French critic of the art of technology. He is the editor of Paul Virilio: From Modernism to Hypermodernism and Beyond (2000), Virilio Live: Selected Interviews (2001), Virilio Now: Current Perspectives in Virilio Studies (2011), and The Virilio Dictionary (2013); author of Virilio and the Media (2012); and coeditor, with Ryan Bishop, of Virilio and Visual Culture (2013).
Joy Garnett is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Brooklyn. The paintings in her Crepuscular Dawn series are based on images she finds on commercial hunting websites that depict unknown landscapes recorded with night vision technology. Her work has been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK), Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge, UK), De Bond Cultuurcentrum Brugge (Belgium), and MoMA PS1 and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York). Her writings have appeared in Harper’s, Art21 Magazine, artnet, Journal of Visual Culture, and Ibraaz. Information about her work can be found at joygarnett.net.
- In BOOK REVIEWS:
Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey, edited by Johnson Dominic, with a foreword by Hegarty Antony, London: Intellect Live, 2013, 248 pages, £25, $35.50 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1-78320-035-1.
- Jane Ursula Harris: Dark Pageantries
Jane Ursula Harris is a Brooklyn-based writer who has contributed to publications from Art in America and the Paris Review to the Believer and Time Out New York. She has also contributed essays to various catalogs, including Hatje Cantz’s Examples to Follow: Expeditions in Aesthetics and Sustainability (2010), Phaidon’s Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing (2005), Universe-Rizzoli’s Curve: The Female Nude Now (2004), and Twin Palms’ Anthony Goicolea (2003). Harris is a member of the art history faculty at the School of Visual Arts and founder of the blog janestown.net.
TABLE of CONTENTS:
Cultural Politics an International Journal
Volume 11, Number 1, March 2015
Articles [abstracts + extracts]
The Cultural Logics of Neoliberalism: Baudrillard’s Account
Cultural Politics (2015) 11(1): 1-17
Political Spirituality: The Devils, Possession, and Truth-Telling
Cultural Politics (2015) 11(1): 18-35
Cultural Politics (2015) 11(1): 36-52; OPEN ACCESS
The Media, Democracy, and Spectacle: Some Critical Reflections
Cultural Politics (2015) 11(1): 53-69
“Participatory Drama”: The New Left, the Vietnam War, and the Emergence of Performance Studies
Cultural Politics (2015) 11(1): 70-88
Life in Gaza
Cultural Politics (2015) 11(1): 89-99
Smart Dust and Remote Sensing: The Political Subject in Autonomous Systems
Cultural Politics (2015) 11(1): 100-110
A Deweyan Experience Economy for Higher Education: The Case of the Australian Indie 100 Music Event
Phil Graham, Michael Dezuanni, Andy Arthurs, and Greg Hearn
Cultural Politics (2015) 11(1): 111-125
John Armitage and Joy Garnett
Cultural Politics (2015) 11(1): 126-133
Next Exit: Drift Culture
Nathan Van Camp
Cultural Politics (2015) 11(1): 134-138
Jane Ursula Harris
Cultural Politics (2015) 11(1): 139-143; doi:10.1215/17432197-2842807
Cultural Politics (ISSN: 1743-2197) is an international, refereed journal that explores the global character and effects of contemporary culture and politics. It analyzes how cultural identities, agencies and actors, political issues and conflicts, and global media are linked, characterized, examined and resolved. In doing so, the journal explores precisely what is cultural about politics and what is political about culture. It investigates the marginalized and outer regions of this complex and interdisciplinary subject area.
John Armitage, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK
Ryan Bishop, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK
Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Mark Featherstone, Book Reviews Editor
Joy Garnett, Arts Editor
Each issue includes essays and projects by visual artists solicited and edited by New York artist Joy Garnett. Contributing artists include Stephen Andrews, Kathe Burkhart, Paul Chan, Christos Dikeakos, Gair Dunlop, Yevgeniy Fiks, Zoe Leonard, David Humphrey, Dominic McGill, Julia Meltzer & David Thorne, Arnold Mesches, Carrie Moyer, Richard Mosse, Steve Mumford, Sarah Peters, Mira Schor, Susanne Slavick, Nancy Spero, and others.
Cultural Politics is published by Duke University Press.