This is why we can’t have nice things!
Much of the debate around documenta fifteen forgets that political change and cultural change might not work in tandem, that denaturalising power relations might be easier than denaturalising gender relations and entrenched racial prejudices, or that the merits or demerits of political artworks, many of which come laden with harrowing backstories, cannot be measured against the yardstick of semiotic theory.
EXTRACTIVISM | Sonic blind spots: Acoustic research in the Lower Mississippi River
Documenting the lower Mississippi River as an acoustic space reveals already existing power dimensions at play before they become fully legible as symptoms of extractive dispossession. Analysing the politics of vibration, emission sources, and bandwidth use inequalities can reveal much about the colonial regime of extractive infrastructures by exposing the disassembled temporalities of the extractive event.
Visual Activism revisited
Co-editors of the 2016 themed issue on Visual Activism reflect back on it in light of recent events.
Review of the 2019 Venice Biennale
Themed "May You Live In Interesting Times," the 58th Biennale proceeds from the idea of multivalency, inviting complexity, ambiguity and contradiction, and constituting a point of departure rather than a conclusion.