The second edition of Concerning War, A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art includes a new preface and an extensive index. Concerning War presents new and anthologized texts by artists and writers who analyze the possibilities for critical artistic responses to the contemporary world as a site of global war. In a variety of distinct ways and from different positions, contributing authors reflect on the nature and numerous aspects of our contemporary condition marked by ongoing violence and conflicts across the globe, and provide insights into how the world in this state of war, though predominantly addressed from our Western perspective, could be re-imagined differently through contemporary artistic and intellectual practices.

With contributions by: Ross Birrell (artist and writer, Glasgow), Boris Buden (writer and cultural critic, Berlin), Jordan Crandall (media artist and theorist, San Diego and Los Angeles), Bregje van Eekelen (cultural theorist, Rotterdam), Boris Groys (art historian and philosopher, New York), Viktor Misiano (art critic and curator, Moscow and Ceglie Messapica), Irit Rogoff (theorist and curator, London), Martha Rosler (artist and writer, New York), Sean Snyder (artist, Kiev and Tokyo), and Hito Steyerl (artist and writer, Berlin).

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder

Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder

The Gift of Terror: Suicide-Bombing as Potlatch
Ross Birrell

Let’s Do nothing: On the Limits of Public Activism
Boris Buden

Jordan Crandall

Words, War and Imagination: On the Political Trajectories of Everyday Vocabulary
Bregje van Eekelen

The Fate of Art in the Age of Terror
Boris Groys

The War in Chechnya Did Not Take Place
Viktor Misiano

Engendering Terror
Irit Rogoff

Deconstructing the Allegories
A Discussion Between Martha Rosler and Maria Hlavajova

Some Byproducts: Thoughts on the Visual Rhetoric of PSYOP
Sean Snyder

The Violence of Images: Documentarism and Documentality
Hito Steyerl


Editors: Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder
Managing Editor: Jill Winder
Contributing Editors: Anke Bangma, Danila Cahen, and Binna Choi
Design: Kummer & Herrman, Utrecht.
Published by: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and post editions, Rotterdam
Language: English
Pages: 256
Reprinted in 2010 (first published 2006)
ISBN: 978-94-6083-027-3
Price: € 23

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