An examination of various forms of aesthetic practice seen through the lens of the neoliberal cultural revolution.
In this collection of essays, art historian and critic Sven Luütticken focuses on aesthetic practice in a rapidly expanding cultural sphere. He analyzes its transformation by the capitalist cultural revolution, whose reshaping of art's autonomy has wrought a field of afters and posts. In a present moment teeming with erosions—where even history and the human are called into question—Cultural Revolution: Aesthetic Practice after Autonomy
reconsiders these changing values, for relegating such notions safely to the past betrays their possibilities for potential today.
Luütticken discusses practices that range from Black Mask to Subversive Aktion, from Krautonomy to Occupy, from the Wet Dream Film Festival in the early 1970s to Jonas Staal's recently established New World Academy. Within these pages Scarlett Johansson meets Paul Chan, Walid Raad, and Hito Steyerl
, and Dr. Zira from Planet of the Apes
mingles with the likes of Paul Lafargue and Alexandre Kojève.
Art critic and historian, teacher at VU University, Amsterdam, Sven Lütticken contributes regularly to catalogues (Citizens and Subjects: The Netherlands
, The Question of the Day
, De Rijke & De Rooij
...) and art magazines such as Artforum
, New Left Review
, and Texte zur Kunst
He is the
author of Secret Publicity: Essays on Contemporary Art
Rotterdam, 2006) and the curator of Life, Once More: Forms of Reenactment
in Contemporary Art
(Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2005) and The Art of
(BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2009).