Jan 31st 2014

If “relational aesthetics” was a password to the exhibition circuit in the boom economy, how can the bust generation respond to the avant-garde call for the overcoming of art?

Brian Holmes is an art and cultural critic with a PhD in Romance Languages. He has a longstanding interest in neoliberal globalization and a taste for on-the-ground intervention. From 1990 to 2009 he lived in Paris, collaborated with political art groups such as Ne Pas Plier, Bureau d’Etudes, Public Netbase, Hackitectura, Makrolab and others, and published in journals such as Multitudes, Springerin, and Brumaria. With Claire Pentecost and the 16 Beaver Group he co-organized the Continental Drift seminars from 2005 to 2009, with variations up to the present. His essays revolve around art, free cooperation, the network society, political economy and greassroots resistance (brianholmes.wordpress.com). In Chicago he is a member of the Compass group (midwestcompass.org), teaches a class a year at UIC, and is working with Rozalinda Borcila on a geographical investigation called “Foreign Trade Zone,” opening at Three Walls on April 25.

This lecture is part of the Art Theory and Practice Visiting Artist Lecture Series, and is made possible with generous support from The Myers Foundations. It is free and open to the public.

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