News of the Desolation: Notes on Art and Real

By Fernando José Pereira.

Published by The Arts Collection

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According to Zygmunt Bauman, the “natural” waste generation brought about by progress is now extending to human beings in global cartography. Human waste is in otherness territories, outside the borders, and it is above all the distressing result of a perverse combination between uncontrolled profit and cultural hypocrisy. We can see a similar phenomenon in contemporary art: the expansion of mega-corporations matches the expansion of mega-exhibitions a bit everywhere around the world, and particularly in the “outside” territories, within an import-export logic that has not much to do with its initial assumptions. The reaction to this kind of situation is possible albeit disenchanted. The analysis carried out by Claire Bishop, from the theoretical and political premises of such antagonism, allows for the existence of a different way, the one that is shared by the experimental condition of desanaesthesia, that is, unveiling fractures with no relief restrictions. While it strengthens the ever desired approach to the real, it naturally moves away from the pragmatic normalization and standardization of liberal expansibility; it openly chooses a diverse condition instead: the one that favours desire.

Keywords: Globalization, Biennials, Antagonism

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.263-272. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.144MB).

Fernando José Pereira

Teacher at the Oporto University, Fine Arts Faculty, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Graduated in fine arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto and PhD in Fine Arts with the thesis: “Contemporary Art, the utopian existence of an exile”. Researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Communication and Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto. Exhibits in several galleries and museums. Among others: Porto (Museum of Serralves), Lima (III Ibero-American Biennale of Contemporary Art), Berlin (“Die Kunst der Anthologie”), Barcelona (“Moments of Portuguese contemporary video art”), Glasgow (“Plan XXI - Portuguese Contemporary Art”), Budapest (“Young & Serious”), Frankfurt (“Zones of interference “), Amiens (“Hors catalog, a Gulbenkian project «A propos de sa collection») and Ghent (Europalia 91). Have texts published in several national and international publications: [W] Art, Megalopolis, ICTM’97-International Conference on Technology and Mediation, Lisbon, 1997; inexterioridades, Santiago de Compostela; or electronic publications such as Interact, Virose, Rizoma and so on. Regularly participates in meetings, conferences and symposia. Among others, the International Conference of Network Culture, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, International Congress “Digital Culture and Citizenship, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, and “Art, identity and globalization, Consell of Culture Galicia, Santiago de Compostela.


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