The book reflects the seminar, ISMS 1. which, organized by OCA, took place at the School of Architecture and Design in Oslo in April, 2006. The seminar addressed the complex and problematic relationships between artistic movements, political movements, and individual works. Specific focus was placed on current dilemmas facing art production, how it is for a work to function "critically" today, and how this relates to or, in fact, neglects politics.
The essays in Constructing the Political in Contemporary Art take a step back from the immediate institutional context of recent attempts to reconnect contemporary art to the politics of 1960s and 1970s, in order to reflect upon some of the theoretical issues at stake: the critical structure of the artwork as a site of a dialectic of individuality and collectivity (Peter Osborne), the power of its indexical or "documentary" aspects (Hito Steyerl and Marius Wulfsberg), its use-value as an archive of "intensive life" (Eric Alliez), its "seam with the economic" (David Cunningham), the limits of its "relational possibilities" (Stewart Martin), and its role in making visible the "immaterial" labour of "cognitive capitalism" (Ina Blom).
Marta Kuzma and Peter Osborne
Imaginary Radicalisms: Notes on the Libertarianism of Contemporary Art
Look out, it's real!: Documentarism, Experience, Politics
What To Do With What is Left?: Waste, History and Fiction in Don DeLillo's Underworld
Critique of Relational Aesthetics
A Seam with the Economic: Art, Architecture, Metropolis
Lamps, Televisuality and Biopolitics: Introductory comments to another history of video art