In the Mind But Not From There: Real Abstraction and Contemporary Art
In the Mind But Not From There: Real Abstraction and Contemporary Art considers how the Marxian concept of “real abstraction”—originally developed by Alfred Sohn-Rethel, and recently updated by Alberto Toscano—might help to define the economic, social, political, and cultural complexities of our contemporary moment. In doing so, this volume brings together noted contemporary artists, literary critics, curators, historians, and social theorists who connect the concept of “real abstraction” with contemporary cultural production. Theoretical and artistic contributions from Benjamin Noys, Paul Chan, João Enxuto and Erica Love, Marina Vishmidt, Sven Lütticken, Brian Kuan Wood, and many others help to map out the relationship between political economy and artistic production in the realm of contemporary, globalized cultural exchange.
This anthology places economic and social analyses alongside creative projects and visual essays to consider the many angles of contemporary art, and how inquiry into the the production of abstraction through material and social processes be used to better understand, and hopefully change, the conditions under which art is made, seen, and circulated today. [publisher's note]