Criticism

PublisherMACBA2014
Walter Mignolo (1941, Córdoba, Argentina) is a semiotician and professor at Duke University, who has published extensively on semiotics and literary theory, and worked on different aspects of the modern and colonial world, exploring concepts such as global coloniality, the geopolitics of knowledge, transmodernity, border thinking, and pluriversality. In Enacting the Archives, Decentring the Muses Mignolo reads through the Museum of Islamic Art and of Asian Civilizations Museum, attempting to decolonize the single story of western museums by showing how de-westernization works.The author’s argument will be that the de-colonial story of western museums through the appropriation of the museum model in ...
PublisherMACBA2007
Andreas Huyssen is the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he served as founding director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Society (1998-2003). He chaired the Department of Germanic Languages from 1986-92 and again as of 2005. He is one of the founding editors of New German Critique, the leading journal of German Studies in the United States (1974-) and he serves on the editorial boards of October, Constellations, Germanic Review, Transit, Key Words(UK), and Critical Space (Tokyo). In 2005, he won Columbia’s coveted Mark van Doren teaching award. His research and teaching focus ...
PublisherMACBA2008
Rosalyn Deutsche is a professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Feminist Theory, and Urban Theory at Barnard College (New York). Her analytical materia prima are the concept of the public sphere, discrepancies in development, and models of public art (public art criticism), such as that done by Krzysztof Wodiczko. One of her most important works is Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics (The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusets, 1996). This volume includes the essay Agoraphoobia, which we publish here in a new, revised version of the Spanish translation done by in a new, revised version of the Spanish translation by Jesús Carillo ...
PublisherMACBA2008
Stephen Melville is Professor of History of Art at the Ohio State University and has published widely on contemporary art as well as on issues in contemporary theory and historiography. With Philip Armstrong and Laura Lisbon he curated the major exhibition of contemporary painting As Painting: Division and Displacement (Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, 2001). His publications include As Painting: Division And Displacement (exhibition catalogue, MIT Press 2001), and Seams: Art As A Philosophical Context (New York: Gordon and Breach, 1996). He is currently completing a book on Hegel and contemporary art. In 2007, Stephen Melville was invited to ...
PublisherMACBA2013
This text by Wolfgang Ernst is the keynote lecture of the conference The Anarchival Impulse in the Uses of the Image in Contemporary Art, organised by the University of Barcelona. In «Aura and Temporality: The Insistence of the Archive», the author analyses how the archive in the traditional sense, based on rigorous classification and secrecy, must be redefined in the light of the enormous potential for dissemination and organisation that arises from the digital media: archives are now ephemeral, adapted to various supports and, for the first time, more than a specific space, they occupy time. Wolfgang Ernst is Professor of ...
PublisherMACBA2010
Hervé Joubert-Laurencin is a professor of Film Studies in the Arts Faculty at the University of Amiens. He is also a translator and specialist in Pier Paolo Pasolini, about whom he has organised several congresses. Other specialisations include animation film and the film writings of André Bazin. Among other works, he has published Pasolini, portrait du poète en cinéaste (Paris: Cahiers du cinéma, 1995), Le Dernier poète expressionniste. Écrits sur Pasolini (Besançon: Les Solitaires Intempestifs, 2005) and La Lettre volante. Quatre essais sur le cinéma d’animation (Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1997). Opening Bazin, a significant collaborative book – ...
PublisherMayFly Books2011
Creativity is astir: reborn, re-conjured, re-branded, resurgent. The old myths of creation and creators – the hallowed labors and privileged agencies of demiurges and prime movers, of Biblical world-makers and self-fashioning artist-geniuses – are back underway, producing effects, circulating appeals. Much as the Catholic Church dresses the old creationism in the new gowns of ‘intelligent design’, the Creative Industries sound the clarion call to the Cultural Entrepreneurs. In the hype of the ‘creative class’ and the high flights of the digital bohemians, the renaissance of ‘the creatives’ is visibly enacted. The essays collected in this book analyze this complex resurgence ...
PublisherMACBA2007
Néstor García Canclini (Argentina, 1939) has been a professor and researcher at the Mexico’s Autonomous Metropolitan University, Iztapalapa Unit, where he directs the Cultural Studies Program. He has traveled to many Universities as a visiting professor, among them Naples, Austin, Stanford, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and São Paulo, and has published more than 20 books on Cultural Studies, globalization and Urban Imagination, many of which has been translated to other languages. Among those, important titles are Hybrid Cultures(1995), which won the Latin American Studies Association’s award for best book about Latin America, and Las culturas populares en el capitalismo (1981), which ...
The DATA browser book series explores new thinking and practice at the intersection of contemporary art, digital culture and politics. The series takes theory or criticism not as a fixed set of tools or practices, but rather as an evolving chain of ideas that recognise the conditions of their own making. The term “browser” is useful in pointing to the framing device through which data is delivered over information networks and processed by algorithms. Whereas a conventional understanding of browsing suggests surface readings and cursory engagement with the material, the series celebrates the potential of browsing for dynamic rearrangement and ...
PublisherAutonomedia2005
Social change does not simply result from resistance to the existing set of conditions but from adapting and transforming the technical apparatus itself. Walter Benjamin in his essay ‘The Author as Producer’, written in 1934, recommends that the ‘cultural producer’ intervene in the production process in the manner of an engineer. The term ‘engineer’ is to be taken broadly to refer to technical and cultural activity, through the application of knowledge for the management, control and use of power. To act as an engineer in this sense, is to use power productively to bring about change and for public utility. ...
PublisherUrbanomic2018
Compiled by Philip Sanderson and mixed by DJ Huysmans, a mix made to accompany the Ballardian Breakfast Briefing virtual launch event for Applied Ballardianism.
PublisherMACBA2009
Suely Rolnik is a psychoanalyst, writer and teacher of clinical psychology at the Catholic University of São Paulo, where she co-ordinates the Centre for Research on Subjectivity (Núcleo de Estudios de la Subjetividad). She lived in exile in Paris from 1970 to 1979, where she graduated in philosophy, social sciences and psychology. During this time, she forged a relationship with the philosopher Gilles Deleuze – some of whose work she translated into Portuguese – and Guattari. Rolnik’s friendship with the artist Lygia Clark, whose last work Estructuraçaõ do self, was the subject of her thesis in France (1978) as well ...
PublisherMACBA2008
Hélène Cixous is one of the best-known contemporary French writers and thinkers and has a huge influence within the world of postmodernism and gender studies. Since the end of the 1960s, Cixous has published more than sixty books of essay, fiction and theatre, questioning the borders that exist between those genres. Her famous essay The Laugh of the Medusa is a fundamental work of feminist theory. It is also one of the one of the principal theories of the differences that exist between the sexes and the creator of the first research center in that field in Europe (Centre d’Études ...
PublisherMACBA2006
Contemporary aesthetic practices operate with the fabric of reality as interferences that open up interstices of problematization and place the world in work. The singularity of a proposal lies in the part of reality in which it is inscribed and in the procedures of its inscription: the more subtle and precise these are, the greater its critical power and the greater the impact of its effects. This is the perspective in which Lygia Clark’s final and most radical work, Estruturação do self (Structuring of the Self), is focused. An experimental practice that is inscribed in the spectator’s subjectivity and, more ...
PublisherMACBA2007
Art Historian Kaja Silverman, a specialist in Film theory, is a key player in the re-vamping of the field. She earned her PhD in Philosophy from Brown University and is currently a professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Rhetoric and in their Film Studies Program. She has written numerous articles and published works, among which you will find The Subject of Semiotics (Oxford University Press, 1983), The Acoustic Mirror: The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema (Indiana University Press, 1988), Male Subjectivity at the Margins (Routledge Press, 1992), The Threshold of the Visible World (Routledge Press, 1996), Speaking About Godard ...
PublisherMACBA2008
José Antonio Sánchez is a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cuenca, where he lectures in Performing Arts History and Contemporary Art and Literature. He is the author of numerous texts on the theory and history of the performing arts, as well as the books Brecht y el Expresionismo (1992), Dramaturgias de la imagen (1994, 1999, and 2002) and La escena moderna. Antología de manifiestos y textos sobre teatro de la época de vanguardias(Akal, Madrid, 1999). He is also the editor of Desviaciones (1999), El arte de la danza y otros escritos de Isadora Duncan (2003), Cuerpos sobre ...
PublisherMACBA2010
Ina Blom is a Professor at the Institute of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo, where she also got her Ph.D (The Cut Through Time. A Version of the Dada/Neo-Dada Repetition. UiO, 1999). Her fields of research and teaching are modernism/avant-garde studies and contemporary art and aesthetics, with a particular focus on media art practices and media aesthetics. A former music critic, she has also worked extensively as an art critic and curator, contributing to Artforum, Parkett, Afterall, Frieze and Texte zur Kunst. Recent books include On the Style Site. Art, Sociality and Television ...
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Flugschriften was the name given to small pamphlets at the beginning of the 16th century, not long after the invention of the printing press allowed such texts to be distributed quickly throughout Germany and the rest of Europe. Literally translated as “Flying Writings,” this term speaks of the speed with which information could now be packaged, distributed, and consumed. Media scholar Ronald J. Deibert has noted that Flugschriften were “ideal for circulating a subversive message,” since they were light, disposable, and easily hidden in pockets or other places that large tomes could not hope to escape to. Our series intends to ...
PublisherMACBA2011
John Roberts is Professor of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Wolverhampton. He is the author of a number of books including The Art of Interruption: Realism, Photography and the Everyday (Manchester University Press, 1998), The Intangibilities of Form: Skill and Deskilling in Art After the Readymade (Verso, 2008) and The Necessity of Errors (Verso, 2011). He has also contributed to various journals including Radical Philosophy, New Left Review, Oxford Art Journal, Historical Materialism, New Literary History, Third Text and Manifesta. In 2008 John Roberts was invited to give a lecture at MACBA in the context of the seminar The ...
PublisherFall Semester2016
“no more sensations; nothing but memories” E.M. Cioran I make copies on the English Department xerox machine and pass them out to my students. “Civil Disobedience” by Thoreau, “Self-Reliance” by Emerson. Of course, the students can nd the same texts on the internet, but I prefer not to allow cellphones in class. I prefer not to. I can see you texting in the back of the room, under your desk, while pretending to pay attention, and sometimes, even though it says “cellphones are forbidden during class” on the syllabus, you take out your phone, right in front of me, in broad daylight, so ...
PublisherMACBA2008
Linda Williams teaches courses on popular moving-image genres (pornography, melodrama, and “body genres” of all sorts). She has recently taught courses on Oscar Micheaux and Spike Lee, Luis Buñuel, eastern and western melodrama, film theory, and selected “sex genres.” Her books include a psychoanalytic study of Surrealist cinema, Figures of Desire(1981), a co-edited volume of feminist film criticism (Re-vision, 1984), an edited volume on film spectatorship, Viewing Positions (1993), the co-edited Reinventing Film Studies (with Christine Gledhill, 2000). She has also edited a collection of essays on pornography, Porn Studies, featuring work by many U.C. Berkeley graduate students (Duke, 2004). ...
PublisherMACBA2009
In this Quadern portátil, Anne Rorimer addresses and contextualises the work of conceptual artist Ian Wilson. It is the Catalan version of a text that was published in Spanish and English in the book Ian Wilson. The Discussions (MACBA, 2009). The text is an adaptation of the essay: Anne Rorimer, New Art in the 60’s and 70’s. Redefining Reality. London, 2004, pp. 89-93, 110-111.
PublisherK-Hole2015
“Seeing the future ≠ changing the future.”
PublisherMACBA2006
Jo Spence (London, 1934-1992) played a crucial role in the debates about photography and the criticism of representation of the 70s and 80s. Drawing inspiration from Bertold Brecht and John Heartfield, she focuses on the construction of an image. Her work explores the ways that social identities are constructed through the still image, and proposes a subjective reappraisal of the dominant and popular uses of the photographic medium. As both author and model, Spence uses photography as a catalyst of rebellion and therapy in the face of the epistemic and symbolic violence that results from the dominant images produced by ...
PublisherMACBA2014
Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden took over Art & Language’s practice in 1977, maintaining its essayist and self-critical nature. From 1969, the publication Art-Languageoffered public access to the multitheoretical field in which Art & Language developed their initiatives during the sixties, seventies and eighties. The most recent positions adopted by the artists Baldwin and Ramsden take up the perception of their own collective past. Carles Guerra is an artist, art critic and independent curator. He holds a PhD degree from the Universitat de Barcelona, where he completed a doctoral thesis about the dialogical aspects of the practice of Art & ...

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