Promotion of Serbian translation of the book "Art and Revolution, Artistic Activism During Long 20. Century", Gerald Raunig


Gerald Raunig, philosopher, art theoretician, lives in Vienna. He is codirector of eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies), Vienna, coordinator of the transnational research project republicart, lecturer on political aesthetics at the Institute for Philosophy, University of Klagenfurt/A and at the Department of Visual Studies, University of Lüneburg/D, editor of the Austrian journal for radical democratic cultural politics, Kulturrisse; numerous lectures, essays and publications in the fields of contemporary philosophy, art theory, political aesthetics and cultural politics.

Gerald Raunig, Wienn

In this study, author Gerald Raunig presents prolific material for the analysis of the diverse relations of exchange between art and activism based on a poststructuralist revolution theory. Gustave Courbet's engagement in the Paris Commune, German activism of the 1910s, post-revolutionary Soviet art around Eisenstein and Tretjakov, the Situationist Internationale in Paris in May '68, the confrontation of Viennese Actionism and the students movement in the action “art and revolution”, and finally the genealogy of the PublixTheatreCaravan from an anarchist theatre collective of the 90s to a transversal interlinking of anti-globalisation and the European noborder network: These exemplary investigations open up an alternative art history of the “long” 20th century.

The original book title: Kunst und Revolution. Künstlerischer Aktivismus im langen 20. Jahrhundert, Wien: Turia+Kant 2005.

The title of the book in Serbian language: Umetnost i revolucija, Umetnicki aktivizam tokom dugog XX veka, Novi Sad, Futura publikacije and, 2006.

Author: Gerald Raunig

Publisher: Futura publikacije, Novi Sad

Editor: New Media, Novi Sad

Edition: Red publications ISBN 86-7188-055-9

From the book “Art and Revolution”: “It is time to ask ourselves whether there does not exist, from a theoretical and practical point of view, a position which avoids absorption within the opaque and terrible essence of the State. In other words, whether there does not exist a viewpoint which, renouncing the perspective of those who would construct the constitution mechanistically, is able to maintain the thread of genealogy, the force of constituent praxis, in its extensivity and intensity. This point of view exists. It is the viewpoint of daily insurrection, of continual resistance, of constituent power.” Antonio Negri “Following Antonio Negri, the post-structuralist theory of revolution that is to be developed here proposes the revolutionary machine as a triad. The three components of the revolutionary machine, as far as they can be clearly distinguished in the analysis, are mutually differentiated and actualized in relation to one another. Their partial overlapping determines the consistency of both the occurrence and the concept of revolution. The revolutionary machine continuously runs through its components, taking place in the emergence of insurrection, resistance and constituent power.”

Gerald Raunig, Art and Revolution

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