Economy And Society
Art and exchange in extraterritorial territories
“Life has a soundtrack. And certain music is a soundtrack to a certain type of identity or feeling. 50 Cent, the Game, and those kinds of guys—they made us feel like our lives were worth nothing, basically.”
Agnieszka Kurant’s interests include various forms of surplus, invisible entities, and the phantoms haunting capitalist production. Some of her projects involve crowdsourcing, others outsourcing to nonhuman species: think colonies of termites.
The second week in January, when I wrote this piece, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the war on poverty. More than forty-seven million people are currently living below the official poverty line.
Painter Scott Olson on stumbling upon materials, the Ohio art scene, and the importance of frames.
An Obstacle to Empathy
I am conducting an interview with a general who is in the process of authorizing an invasion of a country that borders both his and mine.
Who’s in charge? Michele Horrigan takes a look at art in a failing economy.
Pulitzer Prize–winner Rae Armantrout on her new book of poetry, Money Shot, and its dealings with value—in life, porn, and capitalism—through an email exchange with poet Ben Lerner.
Artist Rottenberg builds mini-factories for her video sets, where fetish workers produce elemental products such as lemon-scented sweat and maraschino cherries. Her work is up at Mary Boone through 12/18.
All juicit with an arseful of moola, wonga, clams & squids
“Vocal Executive Chides Critics of Detroit” reads a recent New York Times headline, confirming a synecdoche firmly engrained in the American imagination substituting industry for place.
John Miller on how Nicolás Guagnini’s photography explores the repression and monotony implicit in everyday life.
The president and creative director of his own design firm and the force behind a range of interdisciplinary projects and partnerships, Bruce Mau speaks with Kathryn Simon about drift, vision, and his unique studio environment.
Centered around a 13-year-old substitute teacher in a remote and impoverished rural village, Not One Less delivers an important lesson in worth.
So it is true that nothing