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The Contemporary Condition
 
Edited by Geoff Cox and Jacob Lund, the Contemporary Condition aims to question the formation of subjectivity and the concept of temporality in the world now. It begins from the assumption that art, with its ability to investigate the present and make meaning from it, can lead to an understanding of wider developments within culture and society. Addressing a perceived gap in existing literature, this series focuses on three broad strands: the issue of temporality, the role of contemporary media and computational technologies, and how artistic practice makes epistemic claims.
 
Johanne Løgstrup - The Contemporary Condition - Co-existence of Times – A conversation with John Akomfrah
2020
English edition
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In the form of a conversation with filmmaker and artist John Akomfrah, this book sets out to explore how his work with montage can be understood to articulate contemporaneity in sensuous ways.
Mieke Bal - The Contemporary Condition - Exhibition-ism – Temporal Togetherness
2020
English edition
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In Exhibition-ism, theorist and artist Mieke Bal develops the idea that exhibiting is a significant form of the contemporary.
Verina Gfader - The Contemporary Condition - The Last Resident
2019
English edition
Sternberg Press
The publication presents a collective project lead by artist and researcher Verina Gfader.
Jacob Lund - The Contemporary Condition - Anachrony, Contemporaneity, and Historical Imagination
2019
English edition
Sternberg Press
This theoretical essay advocates for the overcoming of the dominant notion of the contemporary as the point of departure for the development of (art-) historical imagination.
The Contemporary Condition - Contemporary Research Intensive
2018
English edition
Sternberg Press
This reader addresses the concept of “contemporaneity”, the temporal complexity that follows from the coming together of different temporalities in the same present. It asks how these temporal qualities can be made known in the context of contemporary art research and particularly through practices that involve exhibitionary forms.
Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen - The Contemporary Condition - Hegel after Occupy
2018
English edition
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A Western Marxist analysis of the relationship between the historical present and political action.
Knut Ebeling - The Contemporary Condition - There Is No Now – An Archaeology of Contemporaneity
2018
English edition
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Drawing together discourses on contemporaneity and new materialisms, this book examines a material conception of temporality that makes it possible to develop a critique of the philosophical discourse on presence. Claiming that “there is no now,” Ebeling develops an archaeology of contemporaneity according to which the traces of the contemporary can only be secured through visual or material operations, not historical ones.
Margaret-Anne Hutton - The Contemporary Condition - On Writing a Literary History of the Contemporary, or What is, or was,“the Contemporary,”and should we keep calling it that?
2018
English edition
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A critical analysis of the use of the term contemporary in scholarly and disciplinary discourses through the hypothetical project of a literary history of “the contemporary.”
 Dexter Sinister - The Contemporary Condition - Notes on the Type, Time, Letters & Spirits
2017
English edition
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Three interconnected essays on typography.
 Raqs Media Collective - The Contemporary Condition - We Are Here, But Is It Now? (The Submarine Horizons of Contemporaneity)
2017
English edition
Sternberg Press
Searching for the present: an account of contemporaneity by the Dehli-based trio Raqs Media Collective.
Jacob Lund - The Contemporary Condition - Introductory Thoughts on Contemporaneity and Contemporary Art
2017
English edition
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Introductory book to the “Contemporary Condition” series, which brings out some of the key issues relating to contemporaneity as a defining condition of our historical present—and vows to rethink the deep structures of temporalization as we know it.
Jussi Parikka - The Contemporary Condition - A Slow, Contemporary Violence – Damaged Environments of Technological Culture
2017
English edition
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Finnish media theorist discusses slow violence & environmental crisis through the prism of art, design, and technological practices.
Terry Smith - The Contemporary Condition - The Contemporary Composition
2017
English edition
Sternberg Press
A visionary essay on the notion of artistic composition in a world spinning into a confused chaos.
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