Reinhold Görling, Barbara Gronau, Ludger Schwarte (Eds.)Aesthetics of Standstill

“Standstill” could be the name for the exact kind of experience that is the hiatus between social expectations and real possibilities of agency. Standstill may also be the name of an aesthetic strategy to instill a non-linear time of resistance and experience into the political protocol of progress. Finally, standstill can be the name for the temporal fissure in the midst of the subject, for the lapse between the subject of the enunciation and the subject of a statement, the limit that is the border between the inside and the outside.



Oliver MarchartConflictual Aesthetics
Artistic Activism and the Public Sphere


A new wave of artistic activism has emerged in recent years. The ever-increasing dominance of authoritarian neoliberalism has prompted many artists to turn toward more direct forms of action. On closer inspection, however, activist practices have been around much longer in the art field. As Oliver Marchart claims, there has always been an activist undercurrent of art.



CuratorLab 2017/18 (Eds.)Red Love: A Reader on Alexandra Kollontai
Kollontai. A Play by Agneta Pleijel


Red Love: A Reader on Aleksandra Kollontai stems from a yearlong research project by CuratorLab at Konstfack University together with Tensta konsthall, leading up to Dora García’s exhibition “Red Love” and its related public programing. A number of artists and thinkers revisit Kollontai’s ideas on the politics of love and their relation to current political, social and feminist struggles. The publication also includes the biographical play Kollontai from 1977 by distinguished Swedish writer Agneta Pleijel.



Sophia Yadong Hao (Ed.)Of Other Spaces
Where Does Gesture Become Event?


Resonating with the ethos of open dialogue and the experimentation of women artists’ collectives in the 1970s and 1980s, Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? constructs a dynamic, open, and collaborative arena that foregrounds practices of resistance, collectivity, and self-organization. Highlighting the inherent seditiousness that animates feminist thinking, the book seeks out the lodestone of a volatile politics that calls for and instigates urgent alternatives to the cultural, political, and economic machineries of power that haunt this world. Contributors include seminal women thinkers, writers, and artists.