“Glamourized,” a critical appraisal of post-modernist trends in contemporary art by EODIAH Visiting Scholar Allan Antliff, has just appeared in New Perspectives for Contemporary Music in the 21st Century, Daniel Biro and Kai Johannes Polzhofer, eds. (Hofheim, Germany: Wolke Verlag, 2016).
While in residence at the Institute Allan Antliff will be completing his latest book, Aesthetics of Tension: Anarchist Currents in Contemporary Art. Aesthetics of Tension explores anarchist art production across an array of mediums, including digital art, video and film, painting, sculpture, installations, performance, audio works, ‘zines’, graphics, and architecture. This art, Antliff argues, thrives on qualities of contestation at the same time as it seeks to intensify ruptures that are generative, unleashing imaginative freedoms that find their grounding in the artwork’s relational power and communicative efficacy. Addressing issues such as racism, biotechnology, surveillance, war, the economics of art, collective art making, and gentrification, Aesthetics of Tension will foreground a body of work steeped in challenges to the status quo.