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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Failure!: Experiments in Aesthetic and Social Practices!

Failure!: Experiments in Aesthetics and Social Practices

Edited by Nicole Antebi, Colin Dickey, and Robby Herst

The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press presents this book. It's a new collection of essays, interviews and artwork that together offer a minor history of failure. Tracing the idea of failure through contemporary art, activism and social protest movements, literature and philosophy, the work in Failure! cuts against a notion of forward progress by instead exploring various dead-ends on the timeline of history. Failure! gives us ways to map our lives in relationship to improper paths.

1 comment:

Katy Asher said...

I'd like to add that the first essay in this book, Botched Millenniums by Colin Dickey, tracing the failure of various religious groups to bring about the apocalypse, is one of my favorite readings of 2008.
I've had a lot of conversations with different people about utopia and social practice, and this book seemed like the best compliment to that conversation so far.