Counter cultural production: a militant reconfiguration of Peter Bürger’s “Neo-avant-garde”

Lang, Martin (2017) Counter cultural production: a militant reconfiguration of Peter Bürger’s “Neo-avant-garde”. re·bus - a journal of art history and theory (8). pp. 24-49. ISSN 2514-9229

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Abstract

This article re-examines Peter Bürger’s negative assessment of the neo-avant-garde as apolitical, co-opted and toothless. It argues that his conception can be overturned through an analysis of different sources – looking beyond the usual examples of individual artists to instead focus on the role of more politically committed collectives. It declares that, while the collectives analysed in this text do indeed appropriate and develop goals and tactics of the ‘historical avant-garde’ (hence meriting the appellation ‘neo-avant-garde’), they cannot be accused of being co-opted or politically uncommitted due to the ferocity of their critique of, and attack on, art and political institutions.

Keywords:Militancy, Neo-avant-garde, Peter Bürger, Black Mask, King Mob, Voina, Grupo Etcétera, The Yes Men, Détournement, Escraches, Up Against the Wall Motherfucker!
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W213 Visual Communication
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V350 History of Art
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
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Deposited On:02 Nov 2016 15:08

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