Maurizio Cattelan, A Perfect Day, 1999

Here are some links and readings that you might find useful in thinking about this conversation, but there is no expectation that you will read any or all of them. Looking forward to seeing you on March 3, 11 AM at La Esquina! There will be coffee and cake! (See the post below this one for a full description of the topic).

Please let me know at julia (at) colosser (dot) com if you will be coming so we can prepare the space! (email address altered to deter spambots – normal conventions apply!)

This short text is from the preface to the show What Is And What Should Never Be? Art After the End of the World, 

a discussion platform for the 1st Kyiv Biennial of Contemporary Art ARSENALE,

 March – April 2012

, curated by Ekaterina Degot

Art is quite comfortable with the idea of the end of art. But how can art deal with the end of the world? 

The popular fantasy of the end of the universe coming in 2012 has recently acquired an unexpected political meaning: it indicates the growing conviction that the world as we know it should end. In fact, the resounding crash of global financial capitalism and spectacular manifestations of discontent all over the world are telling us that the world of unrestrained consumption is already on its deathbed. There is an urgency not to wait passively until the system decomposes itself – until ‘the world ends’ – but to start inventing a new world, the one that will come after the current apocalypse.

An utopist tradition of artistic reinvention of society becomes a political necessity nowadays. The titular question of the platform and the upcoming publication – ‘what is and what should never be?’ – is addressed not to professional politicians and economists, but rather to artists, philosophers, activists and theoreticians. We expect that the answers to this question will contribute to a process of inventing our post-apocalyptic world anew, with a particular focus to the situation of ‘art after the end of the world’. We are aware of the pivotal role of the very institution of contemporary art inside neocapitalist order – contemporary art with its logic of innovation and post-industrial immaterial practice, with its spirit of resistance (profoundly defeatist) and its critical attitude (so easily domesticable). In any case we believe that artistic ability to see horizons of an uncertain future, to create the vector of the possible is priceless.  GROUPTHINK: The brainstorming myth by Jonah Lehrer  “I am searching for field character” by Joseph Beuys, 1973 Adrian Piper: Notes on Funk I-II 1985/83 The Possibility and Moral Relevance of Absolute Certainty in Science by Alonzo Fyfe—The-Winners-Edge&id=2605608 The Power of Certainty – The Winner’s Edge by Dr. Raymond Comeau Anger, Politics and the Wisdom of Uncertainty by Lee Drutman