UNLEASHING THE COLLECTIVE PHANTOMS
Essays in Reverse Imagineering
These insurgent essays describe, prolong and critique some of the cultural and artistic projects that arose with the worldwide wave of protests around the turn of the millennium, against what the global South calls neoliberalism. Dissent and the refusal of a programmed existence continually return to the streets; but they also unfold in the imagination. Complex discourses and elaborate fictions weave their way through images, gestures and hilarious scenarios, hovering at the edges of reality and searching for whoever will give them voice. Museums, cinemas, books and theaters are temporary abodes for such things, and authors are only a convenience. But none of the wilder spirits ever really disappears. Time leaches away the graffiti of revolt, and the cynicism of power lays a new coat of paint. Still the collective phantoms return.
This book is dedicated to the artists who dreamed it up between them, and to the activists who wrote it out in the streets.
Table of contents
01. Cartography of Excess
02. Unleashing the Collective Phantoms
03. Drifting through the Grid
04. Warhol in the Rising Sun
05. Maps for the Outside
06. The Revenge of the Concept
07. Liar’s Poker
08. Policy of Truth
09. Artistic Autonomy and the Communication Society
10. A Rising Tide of Contradiction
11. Signals, Statistics & Social Experiments
13. Three Proposals for a Real Democracy
15. Reverse Imagineering
16. Transparency & Exodus
It should be out in early November.
Or rather, let’s say, late December!