Sharing books as a way to fight the crisis

Since the beginning of PIIGS_An Alternative Geography of Curating, one of the most important part of it has been the decision to constantly share links, materials, articles about artists or past exhibitions, essays on different issues, and, as most important thing, some books everyone has found as relevant for the researching aspects and discursive evolution of our project. So we decided to gather all them into one common bibliography which will, at the same time, define and represent our conceptual frame where working on together. We would say that “sharing” is one of the word of this project, this is also the reason why we activated the blog talking PIIGS as a tool of collective reflection for creating something that very soon is going to be materialized. Continue reading “Sharing books as a way to fight the crisis”

Roberto Maria Dainotto, “Europe (in Theory)”, Duke University Press, Durham, 2007

The book “Europe (in Theory)” of associate professor of Romance Studies at Duke University Roberto Dainotto is an innovative analysis of eighteenth and nineteenth century ideas about Europe that continues to inform thinking in relation to its culture, politics, and current identity of today. Taking as a starting point the idea that its (Europe) social realities and institutions with undergoing unification are “not the mere by product of journalism and policy papers, which in turn would create social consciousness or consensus around some idea determine practical decisions, […] but is, rather, […] what has been said and written for around three centuries about and around Europe that still determines what we think and do about it; what our dailies report; and what our policy makers decide”. Continue reading “Roberto Maria Dainotto, “Europe (in Theory)”, Duke University Press, Durham, 2007″

Hal Foster, “Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency”, Verso, London, 2015

What happened to contemporary art in the last twenty-five years? What’s new? Where does critique take place today? Several and crucial are the questions suggested by Hal Foster in Bad New Days; and, in contrast to the majority of art books edited today, he responds, or at least tries to, to almost everyone. Instead of giving critical definitions, the american critic starts his epistemological analysis considering some artistic and methodological strategies which characterized last years. Quoting his The return of the real (1996), Foster encounters in archival practice, in mimesis and imitation, in the precariousness and provisionality and in the theme of abjection, some highlights where contemporary art expressed the best. Continue reading “Hal Foster, “Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency”, Verso, London, 2015″