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Speculation, Now: Essays and Artwork

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Vyjayanthi Venuturupalli Rao
Vyjayanthi Venuturupalli Rao

Vyjayanthi Venuturupalli Rao is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The New School.

Prem Krishnamurthy, a designer and curator based in New York, is a founder of the award-winning design studio Project Projects.

Carin Kuoni is Director and Curator of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, a public research laboratory dedicated to exploring the relationship between political and aesthetic practices.

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Prem Krishnamurthy
Prem Krishnamurthy

Vyjayanthi Venuturupalli Rao is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The New School.

Prem Krishnamurthy, a designer and curator based in New York, is a founder of the award-winning design studio Project Projects.

Carin Kuoni is Director and Curator of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, a public research laboratory dedicated to exploring the relationship between political and aesthetic practices.

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Carin Kuoni
Carin Kuoni

Vyjayanthi Venuturupalli Rao is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The New School.

Prem Krishnamurthy, a designer and curator based in New York, is a founder of the award-winning design studio Project Projects.

Carin Kuoni is Director and Curator of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, a public research laboratory dedicated to exploring the relationship between political and aesthetic practices.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7590-6
Publication date:
2015

Interdisciplinary in design and concept, Speculation, Now illuminates unexpected convergences between images, concepts, and language. Artwork is interspersed among essays that approach speculation and progressive change from surprising perspectives. A radical cartographer asks whether "the speculative" can be represented on a map. An ethnographer investigates religious possession in Islam to contemplate states between the divine and the seemingly human. A financial technologist queries understandings of speculation in financial markets. A multimedia artist and activist considers the relation between social change and assumptions about the conditions to be changed, and an architect posits purposeful neglect as political strategy. The book includes an extensive glossary with more than twenty short entries in which scholars contemplate such speculation-related notions as insurance, hallucination, prophecy, the paradox of beginnings, and states of half-knowledge. The book's artful, nonlinear design mirrors and reinforces the notion of contingency that animates it. By embracing speculation substantively, stylistically, seriously, and playfully, Speculation, Now reveals its subversive and critical potential.

Artists and essayists include William Darity Jr., Filip De Boeck, Boris Groys, Hans Haacke, Darrick Hamilton, Laura Kurgan, Lin + Lam, Gary Lincoff, Lize Mogel, Christina Moon, Stefania Pandolfo, Satya Pemmaraju, Mary Poovey, Walid Raad, Sherene Schostak, Robert Sember, and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss.

Published by Duke University Press and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School

 

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