Revolution is Not a Garden Party

Revolution is Not a Garden Party

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This publication brings together the artistic response to contemporary revolution represented by the exhibition and new reflections on the relationship between art and revolution by theorists and art historians. The book includes illustrations and interviews with the artists, and essays that tackle issues such as art and revolution, aesthetics and politics, ecology and anarchism. Gerald Raunig marks out alternatives to the takeover of the state apparatus as the primary goal of revolutionary activity. Benda Hofmeyr locates the significance of revolution in its transformation into a spectacle that provokes fervour in the minds of viewers. Simon Sheikh reviews the divide between aesthetics and politics and Chus Martinez examines Revolution and Garden Party as two opposing cultural idioms. Maja and Reuben Fowkes connect anarchy, ecology and art as factors of contemporary revolutionIn the looped video, we see a simple home interior with a boy playing a battle- fighting video game and a woman fondling his hair while singing an old Irish ballad about a loved one killed in a real-life past combat. (This work also finds a linkanbsp;...

Title:Revolution is Not a Garden Party
Author:Maja Fowkes
Publisher:Manchester Metropolitan University - 2007


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