Art Against Art is an in-depth critical art journal with writing that incorporates the basic logic of the market as its premise and tries to look at art and culture from within and without this context from different angles. The authors range from art historians to market analysts, artists, sociologists, curators and cultural theorists. It was founded in 2015 by Taslima Ahmed and Manuel Gnam and is published bi-annually.
Günter Erbe on the Dandy in and outside society up until the digital age, Taslima Ahmed on how Putin's political culture has affected art, Masato Fukushima looking at multiple personae taken on by contemporary artists, a seminal essay by Andrés Gómez Emilsson's designing eight models of art for a scientific paradigm of aesthetic qualia, plus recent film reviews by A.S. Hamrah and a documentation of Michael Farin's search for a lost oasis in the Saharan Desert.
Bettina Funcke on how appropriation became cultural appropriation; Mary Flanagan on the history of Virtual Reality art since the cave paintings; Pablo Baler on Bio-Politics, Bio-Tech, Bio-Art and Bio-Fiction; James Gill on the death of subculture in the 21st century; image spreads by artist David Mramor and microdosing pioneer Paul Austin, plus much more.
The fourth issue of Art Against Art is looking at the change in temperature that has occured since last fall and the challenges art faces such as the rise in nativism in the West, the naissance of the influence of A.I. in art and the growing influence of the Chinese art market.
The third issue of Art Against Art is looking at art in a post-market culture in the face of the seismic political and economic changes in 2016. It features contributions by cybernetic art pioneer Roy Ascott, gallerist Mitchell Algus, philosopher Patricia MacCormack, writers Philip Sandifer and Iain Spence, artists Justin Shoulder and Manuel Gnam.
The second issue features contributions by a range of authors from different fields such as art criticism, investigative journalism, postcapitalist economics, accelerationist philosophy and transhumanist theory. Featuring: Kenny Schachter, Linda Yablonsky, Michael Gross, Paul Mason, Natasha Vita-More, Armen Avanessian, Joseph Walsh, Casey Jane Ellison and Christian Haye.
The first issue of the magazine dedicated to post-market culture features essays by Marion Maneker, Martin G. Fuller, Steven Shaviro, Taslima Ahmed, Manuel Gnam, Roberto Ohrt, Ben Vickers, Carles, and a visual work by Michael Farin.