I am for an artist who vanishes takes Claes Oldenburg’s 1961 manifesto and recent developments in socially-engaged art to explore the collective life of art as it leaves the CV of the artist and enters a broader field.
Mike Calway-Fagen surveys Utopia School, BASEKAMP’s collaborative multi-city project that explores Utopian initiatives in order to create a comprehensive database for research, engagement and action.
Current Topic: Transitions
Between the election and the inauguration in the United States is a period known unpoetically as the “transition.” Our own transition feels like a categorical shift, a break in the paradigm. It is closer to Gramsci’s interregnum - “the crisis...that the old is dying and the new cannot be born.” The synonyms here don’t fit: progression, shift, evolution. Antonyms feel more like the truth: decline, cease, or decrease.
This interregnum in the nation-state is transempirical: beyond experiential knowledge. The beyond, also, of empire. We go across, through; we change thoroughly. We transition.
"Artist's publications in time of crisis" panel at Louise Dany (Oslo) w/ The Ventriloquist Press and Vi ser på kunst