Double U.S. Book Launch of Duty Free Art and Supercommunity
January 24, 2018, 6:30 pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
In collaboration with e-flux and Verso Books, the Guggenheim presents the U.S. launch of two recent Verso publications: Hito Steyerl’s Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War, a new volume of essays by the writer, filmmaker, and artist; and Supercommunity: Diabolical Togetherness Beyond Contemporary Art, a collection of essays, poems, short stories, and plays by artists and theorists selected from the eponymous 88-text issue of e-flux journal commissioned for the 56th Venice Biennale. The evening will feature Steyerl in conversation with media theorist Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, a presentation by artist and Supercommunity contributing author Liam Gillick, and a one-act play by co-editors Julieta Aranda and Brian Kuan Wood.
Over a four-month span in 2015, e-flux journal’s editors published Supercommunity. The ongoing issue was presented daily both online and on site at the 56th Venice Biennale. A selection of these essays, plays, poems, and short stories chosen for the new book Supercommunity: Diabolical Togetherness Beyond Contemporary Art forms a cohesive collection tracing the negative collective that is the subject of contemporary life. These texts illuminate the ways in which art, the Internet, and globalization have shed their utopian guises yet persist as naked power in the face of apocalyptic ecological disaster and against the claims of the social commons.