GREGORY SHOLETTE DARK MATTER PDF

More than twenty years later, a policy study by the California-based Rand Corporation reinforced and updated these observations describing an even more unsettling picture of the art world. Is this less visible, other art world a kind of noise over which the bright articulate signal of success and value is superimposed? Or is there yet a deeper complicity between noise and signal? To answer these questions I appropriated a concept from theoretical astrophysicists who inform us that as much as ninety-five percent of the visible universe is allegedly made up of an unknown, unseen form of matter and energy. After all, this shadowy surplus plays a key role in the art world by purchasing art supplies, trade magazines, and museum memberships, while also serving the system in the role of studio assistants, interns often unpaid , adjunct teachers always underpaid , art fabricators and installers and so on. All this may seem obvious, or it may come off as extremely cynical, however what I attempt to do in the book is take this metaphor of cultural dark matter a step further by asking if this missing mass is not also a potential seedbed of resistance to the system that dominates it, a resistance that might, circumstances permitting, overtake and reshape the very topography of the contemporary art world?

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More than twenty years later, a policy study by the California-based Rand Corporation reinforced and updated these observations describing an even more unsettling picture of the art world.

Is this less visible, other art world a kind of noise over which the bright articulate signal of success and value is superimposed? Or is there yet a deeper complicity between noise and signal? To answer these questions I appropriated a concept from theoretical astrophysicists who inform us that as much as ninety-five percent of the visible universe is allegedly made up of an unknown, unseen form of matter and energy.

After all, this shadowy surplus plays a key role in the art world by purchasing art supplies, trade magazines, and museum memberships, while also serving the system in the role of studio assistants, interns often unpaid , adjunct teachers always underpaid , art fabricators and installers and so on. All this may seem obvious, or it may come off as extremely cynical, however what I attempt to do in the book is take this metaphor of cultural dark matter a step further by asking if this missing mass is not also a potential seedbed of resistance to the system that dominates it, a resistance that might, circumstances permitting, overtake and reshape the very topography of the contemporary art world?

By naming and delineating this artistic glut, by effectively celebrating its redundancy and negativity, I attempt to reveal dark matter as a potentially vibrant agency already engaged in proto-political processes of non-market gift giving, informal self-organizing, and in some cases, overt political resistance. At the same time I also admit the possibility that what I am describing as a missing creative mass could also become a reactionary force of resistance. At the same time, the occupation breathed life into dozens of smaller subdivisions and working groups, from the practical, such as Jail Support, and Medics, to the more imaginary such as Direct Action Painters, and Arts and Culture—one of the largest groups, which in turn spawned its own sub-subdivisions including Arts and Labor, Alternative Economies, and Occupy Museums.

Over the past few months these subgroups have generated a series of teach-ins, email exchanges, website postings, and. Rejecting sleep, embracing redundancy, acknowledging the archive: not only has Occupy Wall Street OWS attempted to re-write its relationship with capitalism, but its fair to say OWS artists demand to know where their history is, why it has been exiled, and by whom?

We are its dead capital. It is the dawn of the dead. It is an intervention and call to arms for the ninety-nine percent. Lippard, among others. It contains a range of materials including folders on anarchism, graffiti, gentrification, and feminism, but it also houses documents about dozens of individual artists who submitted their work to the group and whose stories were ultimately included in the collection. Image: G. REPOhistory made the past uncomfortable for the present, directly on the streets of the city.

REPOhistory proposed an installation that looked like a bank break-in by creating the illusion of a huge tunnel dug down into the nearby subterranean gold vaults beneath the Reserve. Scattered about the work site would be information about the financial history of the United States. Marsha P. Johnson was a famed transgender activist who was most likely murdered in a bias-related crime in Battles for Justice in New York City, the group discovered several of the signs missing including this piece by Marina Gutierrez protesting illegal discriminatory housing quotas at a City-owned building in Brooklyn.

Battles for Justice in New York City, — Just about the time REPOhistory became entangled with the administration of Rudolph Giuliani in , the Mayor had lost an important case brought against him and the City for confiscating the work of artists who were selling art on city sidewalks. The lawsuit stated that such sales fell under the Constitutional Protection of Freedom of Speech, and the judges agreed.

CIRCULATION was a mapping of human blood as a political, economic, metaphorical, and natural substance and the project consisted of circulating postcards designed by individual artists on the subject of blood, a website repohistory. Pictured is video artist Ernie Larson. Image G. Sholette Occupy Detroit, October 26, Sholette Occupy Galway, Ireland, November 1, Sholette Occupiers leaving Zuccotti Park on their way to the Brooklyn Bridge carrying aloft a cardboard painting along Lower Broadway, October 1,

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GREGORY SHOLETTE DARK MATTER PDF

Kagagor But it seems the elite and the precocious few fueled by greed think otherwise. Amy Tobin rated it really liked it Nov 06, Capitalist crisis does not begin within art, but art can reflect and amplify its effects, to positive and negative ends. In the United States there is a crises happening not only on the streets with police brutality but also in universities with the slashing of tenured jobs and the hiring of part-time professors. And the American people are getting fed up with a tipped scale that is constantly in favor of the ones with their finger immorally balancing the odds against the mattsr majority, the low culture represented in dark matter. His objective there was to locate the mass, strategically and politically, and to name its purpose in the capitalist and artistic imaginary. These are from the last paragraphs of my long review over at Mute: Gregory Sholette, a politically engaged artist, argues that imagination and creativity in the art world originate thrive in the non-commercial sector shut off from prestigious galleries and champagne receptions. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will greglry be published.

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It contains a range of materials including folders on anarchism, graffiti, gentrification, and feminism, but it also houses documents about dozens of individual artists who submitted their work to the group and whose stories were ultimately included in the collection. With anonymity comes distance, safety, invisibility and control and, thereby, the increase of power. The police are there to protect the wealthy and not to protect basic human rights. It would be a shame if the readership darm limited and did not include policy makers and those of us in and around other sectors of the cultural industries. That just makes me grumpy. We are its dead capital.

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