The Idea of the Avant Garde (Book)

And What It Means Today, Volume 2

The concept of the avant garde is highly contested, whether one consigns it to history or claims it for present-day or future uses. The first volume of The Idea of the Avant Garde—And What It Means Today provided a lively forum on the kinds of radical art theory and partisan practices that are possible in today’s world of global art markets and creative industry entrepreneurialism. This second volume presents the work of another fifty artists and writers, exploring the diverse ways that avant-gardism develops reflexive and experimental combinations of aesthetic and political praxis.

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The concept of the avant garde is highly contested, whether one consigns it to history or claims it for present-day or future uses. The first volume of The Idea of the Avant Garde—And What It Means Today provided a lively forum on the kinds of radical art theory and partisan practices that are possible in today’s world of global art markets and creative industry entrepreneurialism. This second volume presents the work of another fifty artists and writers, exploring the diverse ways that avant-gardism develops reflexive and experimental combinations of aesthetic and political praxis. The manifest strategies, temporalities, and genealogies of avant-garde art and politics are expressed through an international, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary convocation of ideas that covers the fields of film, video, architecture, visual art, art activism, literature, poetry, theatre, performance, intermedia, and music.

Marc James Léger is an artist and writer living in Montreal. He has published numerous essays, including pieces in Afterimage, Art Journal, C Magazine, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Creative Industries Journal, FUSE, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, One+One Filmmakers Journal, Parachute and Third Text. His essay on the aesthetic theories of Henri Lefebvre was published in Andrew Hemingway’s edited volume Marxism and the History of Art. He is author of Brave New Avant Garde (2012), The Neoliberal Undead (2013) and Drive in Cinema (2015), and is editor of Culture and Contestation in the New Century (2011) as well as the catalogue for the 2014 Quebec City biennale, Resistance: And Then We Built New Forms.

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