Concerning War: A Critical Reader 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.

With contributions by Ross Birrell (artist and writer, Glasgow); Boris Buden (writer, cultural critic, and translator, Berlin); Jordan Crandall (media artist and theorist, San Diego and Los Angeles); Bregje van Eekelen (cultural theorist, Amsterdam); 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

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


Edited by Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder.
Language: English
Pages: 237
Published by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and Revolver, Archiv für aktuelle Kunst.
Designer: Kummer & Herrman, Utrecht.
ISBN (BAK): 90-77288-08-02
ISBN (Revolver): 3-86588-296-X