Jean-Charles Massera

  • Fundamentalisms of the New Order

    Fundamentalisms of the New Order

    Charlotte Brandt, Lars Bang Larsen, Jean-Charles Massera, and Cristina Ricupero

    Conceived as a textbook with images rather than an exhibition catalogue, Fundamentalisms of the New Order reflects on the diversity of fundamentalisms, a phenomenon that is not confined to particular cultures or modes of thought; its intention is to explore the concept in its many forms and multiple origins. Why have we, in recent years, seen such a resurgence of fundamentalisms—religious, political, cultural, economic? What are the fundamentalisms at work in our own culture? What happened to the idea of the Welfare State—a "positive fundamentalism"? In an era of rapid change, what positive fundamental values can we identify with or even insist on? These were some of the questions posed by the exhibition and elaborated in the present catalogue. It contains a selection of essays and interviews with the artists in the show, as well as a documentation of the events and panel discussions held at the Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen.

    Co-published with NIFCA, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art

    Contributors Charlotte Brandt, Bülent Diken and Carsten Bagge Lausten, Lars Bang Larsen, Jean-Charles Massera, Toni Negri, Cristina Ricupero, Judith Schwarzbart, Sabine Strasser

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  • Sex, Art, and the Dow Jones

    Sex, Art, and the Dow Jones

    Jean-Charles Massera

    Sex, Art, and the Dow Jones attempts to extract a certain number of aesthetic topics from their historic contexts (art and film history) in order to connect them to the restructuring currently going on in our society. Even today, questions from the 1980s appear to have linking components – a phenomenon occurring within anthropology, politics, and sociology, as well as in the aesthetic context.

    How can the events in which we are supposed to participate be translated into experience? How can we represent ourselves in a History that is being written in terms of the economy and the stock market? Along these questions, French author Jean-Charles Massera discusses the works of various artists (Vito Acconci, Stan Douglas, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Pierre Huyghe, et al.) and film-makers (Jean-Luc Godard, Wong Kar-wai, Nanni Moretti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, et al.).

    Jean-Charles Massera is a writer and art critic based in Paris and Berlin. He is the author of “The Lesson of Stains (Towards an aesthetics of reconstitution),” published in Pierre Huyghe. The Third Memory (Centre Georges Pompidou/Renaissance Society), United Emmerdements of New Order preceded by United Problems of Coût de la Main d'Oeuvre (P.O.L), a cauchemar is born (verticales), Jean de La Ciotat, la légende (verticales) as well as plays, radio fictions and catalogue essays.

    Translated from the French by Gila Walker

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