Jaime Vindel: What is Art Able to?
What is Art Able to?
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Jaime Vindel

What is Art Able to?
Notes on Politicized Art Between Institutional Critique and Constituent Social Practices

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Jaime Vindel

is PhD in Art History and Master in Philosophy and Social Sciences. He is currently working as researcher for the Ramón y Cajal (2018) Program at the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council, developing the project “Fossil Aesthetics: a political ecology of art history, visual culture and cultural imaginaries during industrial modernity” (PIE, ref. 202010E005). He coordinates the “Cultural Ecologies” module of the Independent Studies Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) in Barcelona and has authored books such as Estética fósil. Imaginarios de la energía y crisis ecosocial (Arcadia, 2020), La Familia Lavapiés: arte, cultura e izquierda radical en la transición española (La Bahía, 2019), Transparente opacidad. Arte conceptual en los límites del lenguaje y la política (Brumaria, 2015, 2016 and 2019) and La vida por asalto: arte, política e historia en Argentina entre 1965 y 2001 (Brumaria, 2014). He has also edited collective volumes such as Visualidades críticas y ecologías culturales (Brumaria, 2018) and, together with Jesús Carrillo, the issue dedicated to art criticism within the collection Desacuerdos. Sobre arte, política y esfera pública en el Estado español (MACBA, 2014). He is a member of the Network Conceptualismos del Sur, a research platform on emerging artistic-political practices in Latin America since the 1960s, which generated the edition of Desinventario: esquirlas de Tucumán Arde en el Archivo Graciela Carnevale (Ocholibros, 2015) and Archivo CADA. Astucia práctica y potencias de lo común (Ocholibros, 2019).
Sara Alonso Gómez (Hg.), Isabel J. Piniella Grillet (Hg.), ...: NO Rhetoric(s)

This volume maps some of the territories where points of resistance can be located and where art’s resistant potential becomes relevant once again. "NO Rhetoric(s): Versions and Subversions of Resistance in Contemporary Global Art" focuses on a neuralgic issue which was intensely debated during the last three decades, but has rarely become a topic of its own. It offers an updated way which art presents itself as an agent of resistance, whether in a mere rhetorical stance or as an effective critical strategy. In the face of general discourse of revolt and insurrection that is highly fashionable today, it is necessary to ask whether the gesture of ‘negation’ still yields an emancipatory potential. Struggling between NO rhetoric and NO to rhetoric, the artistic and the political field permanently interfere with each other; sometimes they merely overlap, while at other moments they strongly insist on demarcating themselves. Nonetheless it remains to be seen more precisely of what their respective critical forces and agonality consist. In this sense, the book contributes to a deeper understanding of the different logics of resistance at play between art and the political, as expressed by Jacques Rancière in his distinction between “the politics of the becoming-life of art and the politics of the resistant form.”


This volume provides a diverse array of voices and essays from the academic and artistic field that present theoretical approaches as well as study cases. By juxtaposing them, it encompasses both the complexity and diversity of artistic practices within a global instituting framework that seems to capitalize on different political streams. The reader will find contributions on sexual dissidence, ecology and the Anthropocene, geopolitics of the digital age and institutional critique. The authors, artists and scholars from different disciplines share their desire to shed some light on how art approaches these urgent issues.


Contributors: Sara Alonso Gómez, Mieke Bal, Zach Blas, Katharina Brandl, Nancy Garín, Kendell Geers, Ben Grosser and Geert Lovink, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Federico Luisetti, Charlotte Matter, Isabel J. Piniella Grillet, Nadia Radwan, Fiona Siegenthaler, David Tenorio, and Jaime Vindel.