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THE AVANT-GARDE UNDER “POST-” CONDITIONS

ed. Louis Armand
ISBN 80-7308-123-7 (paperback). 300pp.
Published: September 2006.

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This collection – whose Leitmotiv is that ‘historical considerations became ontological condition’ — offers a new vision of late modernity.” (Yolanda Morató, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

The question at the heart of these sixteen essays–alternately theoretically demanding, impishly elusive, stylistically impacted, and wholly absorbing–is this: what, in the context of contemporary politico-aesthetic practices, is the avant-garde, and how, if at all, can some version of it continue to exist in an historical moment when … everything is permitted, hence nothing is any longer possible?” (Lance Olsen, American Book Review)

Is an avant-garde viable under the conditions of postmodernism? This is the central question of Avant-Post.” (European English Messenger)

Avant-Post engages the question of whether or not avant-garde practice remains viable under the prevailing conditions of a whole series of “post-” ideologies, from Post-Modernism and Post-Structuralism, to Post-Historicism, Post-Humanism and Post-Ideology itself. 
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Contributors include a range of artists and theorists, such as Johanna Drucker, Michael S. Begnal, Lisa Jarnot, Ann Vickery, Christian Bök, Robert Archambeau, Mairead Byrne, R.M. Berry, Trey Strecker, Keston Sutherland, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Robert Sheppard, Bonita Rhoads, Vadim Erent, Laurent Milesi, Esther Milne …

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