Experimental Geographies

"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)

Retort at the Whitechapel: April 4, 2010

According to Infinite Thought, the Retort collective will be hosting an event on April 4 at 2 pm to coincide with the closing of the Guernica installation at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Details can be found here. Retort are the authors of Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War. For further discussion of Afflicted Powers, see the following dossier in Public Culture that I co-organized with Alex Jeffrey and Colin McFarlane. The revised edition of Afflicted Powers also includes an interesting interview with Hal Foster that was first published in the journal October.

An event definitely worth attending. The question of resistance and solidarity as a question of artistic practice has never been more urgent. As the flyer for the event suggests, ‘if it was hard in 1937 [the year of Picasso’s Guernica], how might “art against war” be conceived under contemporary conditions of spectacle and the new arsenal of image machines?’

ps. T.J. Clark, the art historian and member of Retort, has recently spoken on Picasso’s Guernica. A summary of Clark’s breathtaking set of lectures at the National Gallery of Art in Washington can be found here.


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