On the Crisis of Art: MAK’s Agenda Art 2010

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At the request of of Vienna-based contemporary art museum the MAK, I prepared this text contribution for their their annual report, Agenda Art 2010. The museum described it as "perfect for the agenda":

For solutions to the current crisis of art we must first realize the underlying causes. It is a matter of perspective and posture.

Art presents itself as a critical commentary on social and productive relations, from a perspective of exteriority. And so, when it is increasingly impossible to say there is an inside and an outside, then what?

As an activity within a complex economic and semiotic ecosystem, art proudly occupies an idiosyncratic niche. What then, when all perspectives and positions increasingly resemble niches?

Art's stance is predicated on independence and an aversion to reciprocal complicity. And when we realize that emergence within a field of reciprocal complicity is the source of all consciousness, all sociality, all economics, of life itself -- then what?

It may be necessary for art to die and be reborn for it to discard its inherited identity. It may be that a new art, in its interiority, its pervasiveness, its complicity, is unrecognizable. It may be.