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The Idea of the Avant Garde: And What it Means Today

by Marc James Léger (Editor) - £12.41  Manchester University Press (2014)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780719096914 | ISBN 10: 071909691x

This book is premised on the view that the idea of the avant garde has an increased importance in these times of global political crisis. Much cultural production today is shaped by a biopolitics that construes all creative and knowledge production in terms of capital accumulation. A different kind of culture is possible.
 
This collection of writings, essays, interviews and artworks by many of today’s most radical cultural practitioners and astute commentators on matters avant garde mediates the different strategies and temporalities of avant-garde art and politics. Tracing diverse genealogies and trajectories, the book offers an inter-generational forum of ideas that covers different arts fields, from visual art, art activism, photography, film and architecture, to literature, theatre, performance, intermedia and music.
 
This is an extraordinarily rich collection and is sure to be a benchmark for many years.

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