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p. 1196. Contradictionslocked

  • Julian Stallabrass


As a result of recent events such as global recession and the rise of radical political movements, some very diverse views about art are beginning to be aired. ‘Contradictions’ cites Nicolas Bourriaud as an example, who believes that 1990s art has been most characterized by work that makes social interaction an aesthetic arena by offering services or contracts to visitors or simply easing contact between them. Paul Virilio, by contrast, thinks that the logic of art continually engages in breaking taboos, in ramping up spectacle, and in stretching the limits of what it is to be human — even to the extent of engaging in creative genetic manipulation. Is the freedom of the artist now on the wane?

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