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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 53–57.
Published: 01 September 2009
... All art is political, the problem is that most of it is reactionary, . . . passively affirmative of the relations of power in which it is produced. . . . I would define political art as art that consciously sets out to intervene in (and not just reflect on) relations of power...
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Social Text (1 June 2015) 33 (2 (123)): 57–81.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Shameem Black This article examines how twenty-first-century Anglophone digital art, arts marketing, and tourist discourse in South Korea address the problem of reconciliation after mass violence. At the turn of the new millennium, the arts have been enlisted by governments and tourist agencies to...
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Social Text (1 December 2017) 35 (4): 113–152.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll; Michał Murawski; Jesse Weaver Shipley This article explores the relationship between state and international orders of coercion and control at the intersections of digital media, popular culture, and high art. Collaboratively written, it elaborates what we call the...
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Social Text (1 March 2018) 36 (1 (134)): 55–60.
Published: 01 March 2018
...After Globalism Writing Group This article examines ways that political struggles are being waged over the arts in the United States in the contemporary conjuncture, as well as the ways that this struggle is obscured by discourses that treat the arts as useless, removed from other social spheres...
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Social Text (1 December 2010) 28 (4 (105)): 91–111.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Rob Appleford This article considers the problem of ironic subjectivity and materiality in the work of Cherokee artist Jimmie Durham. Durham's self-consciously rough sculptures were instrumental in promoting irony as a viable strategy for both the creation and interpretation of Native American art...
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Social Text (1 June 2011) 29 (2 (107)): 99–117.
Published: 01 June 2011
... the United States. This essay explores Filipino American aesthetic practices that engage with the corporeal and discursive production of the “Filipino” in both America and Filipino America. The essay investigates the implications of Filipino American visual art and artists “returning” to the...
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Social Text (1 September 2017) 35 (3 (132)): 17–40.
Published: 01 September 2017
... 1960s on, Cuban filmmakers turned to allegory as a means of resisting the reduction of art to propaganda and articulating more ambivalent takes on the Cuban Revolution. Yet spectators steeped in the political binaries of the Cold War often reduced films to arguments for or against socialism. Such...
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Social Text (1 March 2011) 29 (1 (106)): 103–125.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Suzanne Anker; Sarah Franklin Questions about the meaning of the human species have also raised the issue of its representation, and in this article the authors consider the role of bio-art in the production of the specimen as spectacle. Something we look both at and through, specimens have a long...
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Social Text (1 June 2010) 28 (2 (103)): 1–30.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Nicholas Thoburn Following recent research in historical and cultural studies of “the book” and the practitioner field of book arts, the book is now approached no longer only as a vehicle for content but as a rich and mutable material entity. But in this materialist framework, is it possible to...
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Social Text (1 December 2009) 27 (4 (101)): 25–44.
Published: 01 December 2009
... both colonial legacies and transnational capital. Joining conversations about the university's rabid corporatization, the essay uses the arts, and particularly the theater department, as a case study of how the bifurcation of professional training and scholarship, form and content, theory and practice...
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Social Text (1 June 2011) 29 (2 (107)): 21–46.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Joshua Neves This essay supplements a growing body of work on domestic television in China by exploring some histories of the screen outside the home. Rooted in Olympic-era Beijing, this discussion converges around three intermedial contexts: (1) contemporary art and exhibition; (2) nondomestic and...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 203–204.
Published: 01 September 2009
..., through the selection of essays, put forward the idea that for a socially critical mode of theory and thinking, reflection on mass culture was as important as reflection on literature and art. © 2009 Duke University Press 2009 Peer Review Stanley Aronowitz: We didn’t want a peer-reviewed journal. It...
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Social Text (1 December 2011) 29 (4 (109)): 81–105.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Eric Hayot This essay argues that the work of Chinese film director Jia Zhangke constitutes an important commentary on the relationship between globalization, humanness, and China. It begins with a discussion of Jia's relationship to international art-house and documentary realism, focusing on the...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 251–256.
Published: 01 September 2009
... critical vigilance, particularly around the implications of university transnationalism for minor epistemologies in the arts and humanities. © 2009 Duke University Press 2009 Racial Politics (in the United States) Roopali Mukherjee In the spring of 1995, Social Text published a symposium on “Race...
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Social Text (1 March 2013) 31 (1 (114)): 21–41.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Tryon P. Woods This essay explores the ethicopolitical context in which black art, black performance, black social movements, and black popular culture find expression. I configure the critical study of hip hop within an accounting of the materiality of antiblack sexual violence in which the modern...
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Social Text (1 March 2014) 32 (1 (118)): 119–121.
Published: 01 March 2014
...José Esteban Muñoz This piece reflects on two orders of the poetic event. On one hand, it describes Fred Moten’s reading of the poem “the gramsci monument” at the public art project of the same name. On the other, it meditates on the event that the poem registers, or the general antagonism of the...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 47–57.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Shane Vogel This essay explores the concept of the ecstatic and the soul in the work of José Esteban Muñoz and Jean-Luc Nancy. It uses these notions to argue for an ecstatic ontology and elaborates such an ontology through the work of installation artist Dave McKenzie’s art piece Fear and Trembling...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 71–85.
Published: 01 December 2014
... memory: a 2000 graphic novel, a 2008 biopic, and a 2014 performance by the art collective My Barbarian. © 2014 Duke University Press 2014 In Finitude Being with José, Being with Pedro Tavia Nyong’o Like many suburban queers of my generation, my point of entry into the work of José Esteban...
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Social Text (1 June 2015) 33 (2 (123)): 99–120.
Published: 01 June 2015
... feelings of brown subjects. It examines cultural forms produced under the cloak of migrant rights movements to trace the ethical imperative of Brownness enacted by migrant sounds and visualities of loss. The article focuses on the cultural politics of digital art, music, and social media that theorize...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 27–34.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Susette Min The essay focuses on Social Text 's lack of engagement with aesthetics as a point of departure to think about art and politics in the wake of the culture wars, the intensification of globalization, and the aftermath of 9/11. The essay concludes with a forceful argument for a (re)turn to...