About a year ago, while trying to develop a wiki archive for contemporary art at e-flux, we encountered a small technical problem in deciding how to implement a simple menu structure to allow readers to navigate such an archive. We thought first to organize it according to movement. Yet there have been no significant movements in the past twenty years, and artists have not been interested in organizing themselves around any. By medium? But contemporary artists work with their materials in a variety of different, and more often hybrid, ways. By geographic region? Well, that approach is probably better suited to the CIA. In the end, we found that no objective structure or criterion exists with which to organize artistic activity from the past twenty years or so, and the question of how to structure such an archive—to make it intelligible—proved to be so difficult to address that it completely derailed the project for the time being. ..

What is Contemporary Art? Issue One
Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle

Contemporaneity as Points of Connection
Zdenka Badovinac

Comrades of Time
Boris Groys

Torture and Remedy: The End of -isms and the Beginning Hegemony of the Impure
Jörg Heiser

New Species of Spaces
Hu Fang

Back to Contemporary: One Contemporary Ambition, Many Worlds
Carol Yinghua Lu

What is Not Contemporary Art?: The View from Jena
Dieter Roelstraete

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