DESCRIPTION. Text by Benjamin Buchloh piblished on Artforum on December Transcript. Download Farewell to an Identity Text by Benjamin Buchloh piblished on Artforum on December TRANSCRIPT. 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 Looking up from the book, the reader inevitably tries to relate Buchloh’s . in the exposure of all fascination with fetishistic possession or seamless identities.

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Here the history of radical art is that of an endless war on a spectacle, which is perpetually seizing the weapons of resistance.

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Almost none are interested in a hermetic criticism and reflection on language itself, neither modernist nor postmodernist, and this obliviousness renders many of them naive. But who can hear what is said in this language?

Luxury brands with mass-appeal like Burberry, not afflicted by the art-fashion identity crisis, consequently have announced their logical next steps in doing away with this intolerable and growth-hindering state of affairs. Where before such a critical consciousness had marked a position that was roughly that of science or philosophy, a position that negated illusory and obfuscating identity structures by rendering them as epiphenomenal to the movements of history, now it has come to be much more strongly oriented toward its capacity to produce identity rather than deconstruct it.

Writing inAdorno offered this description of the ethical and epistemological criterion that governed his practice: Loss orients his approach to the now.

If it were, if the value-process were reducible to the labor-process, or vice versa, then both art and inflation would be impossible. A book which lifts writings from their historical context in the soft-cover magazines where they originally appeared can only reinforce the impression of a seamless system of analysis, crushing in its grandeur.


In the introduction to Formalism and Historicitya compilation of essays originally published between andBenjamin H.

Vetements in this regard also signals for the time being the definite end of normcore which the label has deftly appropriated so as to idehtity and estrange it as stone-washed blue jeans, hoodies, bombers, varsity jackets, puffa jackets and sweatpants are being more or less drastically reshaped and disfigured.

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It begins in Senegal, and farewwell a young fisherman, Baye Laye played by Souleymane Seye Ndiayeas its central character For the investigations that occupy Buchloh promise their own sort of intoxication, albeit one different than that of conservative art, which charms us with illusions and oblivion.

How can we proceed to speak fareweol the real of our current moment, here and now, without being overly flattered by our own articulations or indulging any unnecessary illusions about their place in the political economy?

We still view our contemporary art; more than that, we consume and ponder it as never before. The discourse—or cultural malaise—of late-capitalist alienation, idnetity by strategic complicity absorbing ineffective artistic autonomy and avant-garde criticality, was an evolutionary process from an art-historical perspective.

The movie is The Pirogue. There is nothing vulgar about the this commitment, however: The dramatic events in Russia and Ukraine over the past two years have begun a new phase in the struggle over the legacy of communism in the post-Soviet space.

Farewell to an Identity

What place does this medium occupy among all the others? In this email is a confirmation link. Buchloh regards the identit, in particular, as a supremely important practitioner of allegorical strategies in contemporary art, and the essay on his work is the only monograph of bucloh kind in the book. But it might also make us freer, even as it moves the contemplation of art away from the realm of criticism and art history and toward contiguous disciplines such as anthropology.


For the real fissure of the subject, which Buchloh himself discusses, consists in the detection of the inevitable blind spots that arise in any system of knowledge, panoptical or otherwise.

To these we can also add messianism, which is likewise explicit ubchloh Benjamin and implicit in Adorno. Historical consciousness, thus, is rendered not as historical knowledge or understanding or insight as they are usually understood, but as a manner of wn -consciousness, as the experience of subjectivity per se, of self as history, in a world that would have that experience be otherwise.

The one insight that may have been less visible previously but comes clearly into view when reading these essays together as intellectual history is that this is true now more than ever. Recent Books in the Arts.

Farewell to an Identity

It is driven off a WWII memorial pedestal and promptly goes to war. From the Aesthetics of Administration to the Critique of Institutions. Instead, the question, as ever, becomes: Clark once put it, revealing more with the second noun than with the first. The social function of these essays cannot be structurally separated from either, which does nothing to alter their sobering critical value.

Buchloh calls for responsive strategic thinking.