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Propositions for Non-Fascist Living: Tentative and Urgent

Propositions for Non-Fascist Living: Tentative and Urgent begins from an urgent need to—and uncertainty about how to—outline the contours of what living in non-fascist ways could mean in times when the resurfacing of contemporary fascisms violate the infrastructures and very foundations for a common life. Borrowing from Michel Foucault’s notion of “non-fascist living” as an “art of living counter to all forms of fascism,” including that “in us all… the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us,” the book addresses the practice of living rather than the mere object of life.

Artists, theorists, activists, and scholars offer texts and visual essays that engage varied perspectives on practicing life and articulate methods that support multiplicity and difference rather than vaunting power and hierarchy.

Propositions for Non-Fascist Living: Tentative and Urgent is the first in BAK’s BASICS series of readers that engages some of the most acute problems of our time through theoretically informed and politically driven artistic research and practice.

Contributors: Rosi Braidotti (philosopher); Denise Ferreira da Silva (theorist and artist), Jota Mombaça (writer and performance artist), and Thiago de Paula Souza (curator and educator); Forensic Architecture (research agency); Stefano Harney (political theorist) and Fred Moten (poet and scholar); Patricia Kaersenhout (artist) and Lukáš Likavčan (researcher and writer); Sven Lütticken (art historian and critic); Dan McQuillan (researcher, computer scientist, and activist); Jumana Manna (artist); Shela Sheikh (lecturer and researcher); Eyal Weizman (architectural theorist); and Mick Wilson (artist, educator, and researcher)

Edited by Maria Hlavajova and Wietske Maas | Published by BAK, basis actuele kunst and MIT Press, 2019 | Design by Leftloft, Milan | English language | c.a. 200 pages | Paperback | ISBN: 9780262537896 | Forthcoming November 2019

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