• Subversive performance in the age of human capital

Kollectiv, Pil and Kollectiv, Galia, 2023, Book, Subversive performance in the age of human capital Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-031-35814-2

Abstract or Description:

Contemporary art relies on an expansionist, modernist ideal and still progresses through a critique of earlier forms of democratisation. But beneath this democratic drive, lurks a creeping crisis. Under neoliberalism, criticality has become a zone of value production. A self-deprecating irony, exposing and re-enacting this position of impotence, is one of the few gestures left in the arsenal of critical art. Against this irony, this book pits overidentification. This term has been taken to mean a kind of parodic mimicry of institutional power. Using a broad tapestry of sources, from political philosophers to art theorists, from post-Marxist critiques of labour to ethnographic studies, it proposes an interpretation of overidentification that does not collapse into ironic posturing. The authors differentiate this from bad faith flirting with taboo aesthetics by focusing on practices grounded in a genuine identification with power that ushers the kind of excess implied by overidentification. It is these forms of overidentification that destabilise the metastasis of liberal-democracy. Staging forms of critique not so readily absorbed into the structure of the present, these subversive performances herald a future beyond the democratic paradox.

Official URL: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-3...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-35815-9
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2023 11:04
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 11:04
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5572
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