[artinfo] Artpolitik

Stevphen Shukaitis stevphen at autonomedia.org
Fri Jul 19 23:26:16 CEST 2019

Inspired by the Institute for the Future of the Book,
Minor Compositions is launching a digital form for the forthcoming book
Artpolitik: Social Anarchist Aesthetics in an Age of Fragmentation
by Neala Schleuning.


Artpolitik examines the relationship between art and politics, 
focusing on radical political aesthetics in western culture since the 
end of the nineteenth century. Drawing from Surrealism, Socialist 
Realism, the Situationist International, capitalist consumer 
aesthetics, and critical theory, Neala Schleuning elaborates a social 
anarchist approach to aesthetics.

Artpolitik is not a history of radical art production but an 
exploration of the core ideas inspiring radical art. This provocative 
book is guaranteed to both challenge and inform, reframing radical 
aesthetics for the challenges of the present. It features an 
exploration of ideas and techniques employed by artists for more 
effective communication of radical political ideas. Art has played a 
central role in revolutionary change throughout history, and our own 
times call for a revitalization of art in the service of liberatory 
politics. This book is an effort to understand how new ideas seeking 
to position themselves vis a vis the aesthetic tradition while 
simultaneously reflecting the transformation of political and social 
movement cultures in new directions.

Bio: Neala Schleuning is a writer and educator. She received her PhD 
in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1978 with an 
emphasis in political philosophy and intellectual history. Fulbright 
Scholar to the Russian Federation, she is the author of many 
articles, higher education policy papers, films and radio 
productions, and several books, including America: Song We Sang 
Without Knowing (1983); Idle Hands and Empty Hearts: Work and Freedom 
in the United States (1990); Women, Community, and the Hormel Strike 
of 1985-86 (1994); and To Have and to Hold: the Meaning of Ownership 
in the United States (1997).

Minor Compositions is an imprint of Autonomedia:

Stevphen Shukaitis
Autonomedia Editorial Collective

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