Brave New Avant Garde: Essays on Contemporary Art and by Marc James Leger

By Marc James Leger

Brave New Avant Garde is a suite of essays that ask the questions: what's an sufficient version of up to date avant garde perform and what are its theoretical premises? With this it asks the comparable query, echoing Alain Badiou: needs to the avant garde speculation be abandoned?

Brave New Avant Garde stands towards postmodern post-politics and the view that radical perform has no different destiny than its relief to the workings of the loose industry within the type of the "simple strategy of cultural production" or to diversifications at the cultural politics of illustration. Today's avant garde, shaped within the wake of the tip of the Soviet Union and the increase of the anti-globalization move, represents a counter-power that rejects the inevitability of capitalist integration. the way in which out for artists in today's international of inventive industries is outlined in those pages as a psychoanalytically proficient sinthomeopathic practice, a severe identity with triumphing stipulations of creation that avoids the excess delight in the ideology of postmodern pluralism.

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We could call this, after Lacan, sinthomeopathic cultural praxis. The sinthome is the complex that structures the subject’s libidinal attachments. As such, the sinthome acts as a means to consider the division of labour between reality and fantasy and the possibility of repositioning the utopian drive in relation to social change. In a sinthomeopathic practice there is no security in the impossible exit from the institutionalized artworld. Instead, one lends oneself to institutional arrangements, the symptoms of contemporary cultural production, while maintaining the fantasy of critical distance, which is not kept to oneself but made public through symbolic means.

21 In the psychoanalytic process, the analyst must resist the subject’s displacement of subjectivity; the analyst must simultaneously support and deny the subject’s cathected affect. ”22 The subjective is therefore a crucial moment of institutional critique. 23 However, and while the body makes its demands in terms of habitus – a durable and transposable complex of tastes and dispositions – the body’s relation to the psyche makes such demands a matter of repression and fantasmatic projection. The body that supports legitimate culture and good taste is, according to Bourdieu, a member of the dominant group whose criteria of selection remain tacit because considered absolute, thereby masking the psychic processes that produce identity and identification.

Hirschhorn lived “in residence” for several weeks as well as for the 100 day duration of the exhibition. The monument was made available seven days per week, twenty-four hours per day and was accessible without charge. This temporary monument was built with the help of community members, including children, and functioned as a poetic homage to the renegade avant-garde Surrealist, Georges Bataille. Given that many of the participants would not likely be familiar with the figure of Bataille, a pedadogical component was devised and community workshops were hosted by local philosophers.

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