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Common Image
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Common Image

Towards a Larger Than Human Communism

A notion of the common image, understood as a multisensory perception across species, and common ethics that transcend species-bound ways of living. »Although in recent reinterpretations of communism the emphasis has shifted to the notion of the common, very little work has been done on the possibility of extending communism to other-than-human modes of existence. In Common Image, Ingrid Hoelzl and Rémi Marie tackle this challenge with admirable thoroughness and theoretical breadth, while keeping an eye on the mediations – above all, images, which are not reducible to visuality – that render a larger than human communism possible.« (Michael Marder, author of Green Mass, 2021, Dump Philosophy, 2020, and Plant-Thinking, 2013)

»Through a multilingual, transtemporal process of ›looking back,
looking elsewhere,‹ Common Image collects from many cultures and historical moments the materials for creating a more just and more communal future. Its argument is deeply sensical: for the West to stop extracting and exploiting at the expense of untold others, past and present, widened perspectives built upon careful attending, respect for human and nonhuman agency, and a rediscovery of magic, myth and story will be required. A timely and important book.« (Jeffrey J Cohen, author of Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman, 2015 and co-author of Earth (Object Lessons), 2017)

»The perspectival image, a powerful technology of humanist rationalism, which became invisible in its normalcy, is now disintegrating. The ›I‹ composed by the two authors together maps the possibility of an image that comes afterwards – the postimage – to reshape thinking away from the ancestry that has shaped thinking in the first place. Forceful and broad in scope, the book proposes the postimage through myths, magic, poetry, aesthesis, but also postcolonialism, community, ecology, multispecies, and many other dimensions. Can a postimage exist as a common relation? The book creates a concept and a figure – of a new, common image, as an ethical and aesthetic way of living.« (Olga Goriunova, author of »Fermentation« for More Posthuman Glossary, 2022 and (with Matthew Fuller) of Bleak Joys: Aesthetics of Ecology and Impossibility, 2019)
Electric Seeing
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Electric Seeing

Positions in Contemporary Video Art

A video theory from the technological outset and the desire for »electric seeing« in the 19th century until today's ubiquitous video practice.
What Will Be Already Exists
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What Will Be Already Exists

Temporalities of Cold War Archives in East-Central Europe and Beyond

An analysis of the challenge of continuity, sustainability, and institutionalization of archives established by East European artists, how they survive and stay authentic in radically changed contexts.
Shared Habitats
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Shared Habitats

A Cultural Inquiry into Living Spaces and Their Inhabitants

»Shared Habitats« invites the reader to rethink the role of art and the role of the artist within umwelts, milieus, and habitats.
Ewa Partum's Artistic Practice
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Ewa Partum's Artistic Practice

An Atlas of Continuity in Different Locations

The book examines and questions Ewa Partum's artistic practice and historicizes its dissemination in various geopolitical locations.
Taking Stakes in the Unknown
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Taking Stakes in the Unknown

Tracing Post-Black Art

What does it mean to be Black in the early 21st Century? This question guided an art exhibition that deeply shaped our perspective on Black art and artists today.
Alleviative Objects
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Alleviative Objects

Intersectional Entanglement and Progressive Racism in Caribbean Art

Alleviative Objects approaches Caribbean art through the analysis of intersectional entanglements and offers important insight into inter-racial conflicts that shape the global field of contemporary art today.
Maritime Poetics
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Maritime Poetics

From Coast to Hinterland

An alternate construction of the imaginaries and aspirations of our present societies at the crossroads of sea and land.
Aesthetic Temporalities Today
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Aesthetic Temporalities Today

Present, Presentness, Re-Presentation

The volume deals with the present, its plural conditions, and global meanings in visual culture, art, and aesthetics from the 18th century until today.
Beyond the Mirror
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Beyond the Mirror

Seeing in Art History and Visual Culture Studies

The first study to reveal and compare the concepts of vision that underwrite the scholarly act of seeing in art history and visual culture studies.
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