Against Ambience and Other Essays by Seth Kim-Cohen

By Seth Kim-Cohen

Against Ambience diagnoses - so that it will remedy - the artwork world's contemporary flip towards atmosphere. Over the process 3 brief months - June to September, 2013 - the 4 so much prestigious museums in ny indulged the atmosphere of sound and light-weight: James Turrell on the Guggenheim, Soundings at MoMA, Robert Irwin on the Whitney, and Janet Cardiff on the Met. additionally, striking exhibits at smaller galleries point out that this isn't easily a major-donor circulate. jointly, those indicates represent a suggestion approximately what we would have liked from artwork in 2013.

While we are within the tender include of sunshine, the NSA and fb are nonetheless gathering our info, the cash in our financial institution money owed continues to be getting used to fund who-knows-what with no our wisdom or consent, the govt. we elected continues to be imprisoning and focusing on individuals with whom we don't have any red meat. We deserve an paintings that's the equivalent of our details age. now not one who parrots the age's self-assertions or modes of dissemination, yet an paintings that's hyper-aware, vigilant, lively, engaged, and knowledgeable.

We are actually 100 years away from Duchamp's first readymades. So why should still we discover ourselves so completely in thrall to atmosphere? Against Ambience argues for an paintings that recognizes its personal tools and intentions; its personal place within the buildings of cultural energy and persuasion. instead of the nice and cozy glow of sunshine or the soothing wash of sound, Against Ambience proposes an artwork that cracks the outside of our winning styles of come across, starting up efficient disruptions and deconstructions.

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