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Towards a Conceptual Militancy: Art and Class War in an Age of Austerity
Sun 12 June 2016, 17:00 – 18:30 BST
On the occasion of the launch of Towards a Conceptual Militancy (Mike Watson, Zero Books), the author enters into dialogue with Mark McGowan (AKA the Artist Taxi Driver) on the political status quo and the art world’s reaction to it. As state supported finance capital meets with a surveillance machine ready to keep the population in check, it seems doubtful that art can provide the answers where concrete political activism failed. All the while the art world itself is corrupt to its core with dealers, galleries, fairs, biennials, and collectors operating a racket, whilst workers often go unpaid or underpaid. Drawing on the experience of austerity in the UK and the vibrant art occupations of the bene comune movement in Italy (where Watson has been based since 2008), the conversation will ask what, if anything, can a politicised art form achieve post-economic crisis.