BAK Critical Readers in Contemporary Art
Concerning War: A Critical Reader

BAK Critical Readers in Contemporary Art

By Maria Hlavajova, Jill Winder, Ross Birrell, Boris Buden, Jordan Crandall, Bregje van Eekelen, Boris Groys, Viktor Misiano, Irit Rogoff, Martha Rosler, Sean Snyder, Hito Steyerl

Concerning War: A Critical Reader presents new and anthologized texts by artists and writers who analyze the possibilities for critical artistic responses to the contemporary world as a site of global war.

With contributions by Ross Birrell (artist and writer, Glasgow); Boris Buden (writer, cultural critic, and translator, Berlin); Jordan Crandall (media artist and theorist, San Diego and Los Angeles); Bregje van Eekelen (cultural theorist, Amsterdam); Boris Groys (art historian and philosopher, New York); Viktor Misiano (art critic and curator, Moscow and Ceglie Messapica); Irit Rogoff (theorist and curator, London); Martha Rosler (artist and writer, New York); Sean Snyder (artist, Kiev and Tokyo); and Hito Steyerl (artist and writer, Berlin)

Table of contents


Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder

The Gift of Terror: Suicide-Bombing as Potlatch

Ross Birrell

Let’s Do nothing: On the Limits of Public Activism

Boris Buden


Jordan Crandall

Words, War and Imagination: On the Political Trajectories of Everyday Vocabulary

Bregje van Eekelen

The Fate of Art in the Age of Terror

Boris Groys

The War in Chechnya Did Not Take Place

Viktor Misiano

Engendering Terror

Irit Rogoff

Deconstructing the Allegories

A Discussion Between Martha Rosler and Maria Hlavajova

Some Byproducts: Thoughts on the Visual Rhetoric of PSYOP

Sean Snyder

The Violence of Images: Documentarism and Documentality

Hito Steyerl


Edited by Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder.

Language: English

Pages: 237

Published by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and Revolver, Archiv für aktuelle Kunst.

Designer: Kummer & Herrman, Utrecht.

ISBN (BAK): 90-77288-08-02

ISBN (Revolver): 3-86588-296-X