CRITICAL REVIEW SERIES
by Arthur Ity
Arthur Ity reviews three new photography books while discussing the sources of contemporary authority in new media (in conversation with Adorno and Rancière), the paradox of the photo-book’s rediscovery, the fetishization of the object in the virtual space and the relevance of art criticism in the world today.
Proposition Four – Heads will Roll
3-channel video installation
Contemporary life shares, with equal strength, signs of the real and simulacra, of the past and the present, of images, texts and sounds. There are no master trajectories, no linear narratives, but multiple possible routes, all equally valid.
Proposition Two – The Collection
A Collection is a truth surrounded by many others worth exploring – uncritical semantics is the myth of a Collection in which the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels. To switch languages is to change the labels – since art is dead in the actual life of civilized nations, it has been relegated to these grotesque morgues, museums.
Proposition One – Only the Ephemeral
Rapid obsolescence in the working formats and techniques together with hugely superior access to archival resources is modifying the nature of artistic practice, accelerating its democratization and reinforcing its precarious nature.