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Art Against Art
Based in Germany
Active since 2015
London, Paris, New York, Milan, Los Angeles, São Paulo, Palo Alto— art is moving faster than capital like a god wind that no-one can stop let alone control. Meanwhile a lot of art writing and critical theory is stuck in the comfort zone of the 70–90s. For art writing to get back on track it needs to shake out of this nostalgia and start engaging with the nuances of what is going on by covering the new, emerging breeds of involvement—the new sincerities and ironies, the more subtle art practices and social variations of market participation that have developed to deal with the institutional grip.
The Art Industry needs to be judged on its changing developments: the ways art is being used as a financial instrument, art’s new marketing techniques, art as representation of different sociological interests, art as access to power, status, fame, participation and the rest of it. Until art writing gets really into these driving forces, it won’t be able to say anything interesting about art. It also won’t be able to grow or be writing that anyone really wants to read.
Art Against Art marks a turning point—the one that says by breaking from the overbearing logic of what seems like an inevitability, we can get closer to the conceptualizations we would like society to experience but don’t.