Contexts

Endurance Performance: Post-2008

Endurance Performance: Post-2008

E. C. Feiss

How is ‘endurance performance’ to be interpreted against the backdrop of the current financial crisis? Ellen Feiss considers re-performance as labour in Marina Abramović’s recent projects.

The Many Returns of Socialist Realism

Picture Essay

The Many Returns of Socialist Realism

Agata Pyzik

Agata Pyzik traces the history of former Soviet architecture to show how the architects of the Eastern Bloc have turned into the architects of Capitalist Realist skyscrapers and glass towers. 

Geeta Kapur: On the Curatorial in India (Part 2)

Geeta Kapur: On the Curatorial in India (Part 2)

Natasha Ginwala

For several decades now, Geeta Kapur has both shaped and documented India's contemporary art scene. In the second part of this interview, Kapur discusses nationhood, identity and the problematics of globalised curation, with Natasha Ginwala.

Do not go gentle...

Do not go gentle...

Charles Esche

Co-founder of Afterall and director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Charles Esche passes impassioned comment on the recent cuts to the cultural sector in the Netherlands.

Geeta Kapur: On the Curatorial in India (Part 1)

Geeta Kapur: On the Curatorial in India (Part 1)

Natasha Ginwala

For several decades now, Geeta Kapur has both shaped and documented India's contemporary art scene. In a candid interview, Kapur converses with curator and critic Natasha Ginwala on discursive and curatorial frameworks within the subcontinent's art establishment.

Cinenova: Reproductive Labour

Picture Essay

Cinenova: Reproductive Labour

George Clark

An exclusive video-essay featuring eight clips of rarely seen film and video works made by women, with individual commentaries by George Clark. Produced with the help of The Showroom and Cinenova.

11 11: Prestige at the Parking Lot

11 11: Prestige at the Parking Lot

Katie Kitamura

When multistorey carparks are hailed as artistic masterpieces, do we put it down to grandiose chutzpah or the transformative power of starchitecture? Katie Kitamura pulls up at Herzog & de Meuron's 11 11 parking lot-cum-shopping palace in Miami Beach.

The Occupation of Space

The Occupation of Space

Owen Hatherley

Owen Hatherley considers the student occupations in the UK, reading them as a protest both against the spending cuts and against the New Labour partial privatisation of universities and educational space.

The Reach for Presence

The Reach for Presence

Lizzy Le Quesne

Lizzy Le Quesne looks at new practices in dance that foreground perception and experience. suggesting that, following Jeff Wall's categorisation, the 'movement arts' are also reaching a point of self-negation.

The Matter at Middlesex?

The Matter at Middlesex?

Andrew McGettigan

Andrew McGettigan unravels the controversial closure of Middlesex's Philosophy department and its implications for philosophy in UK higher education.

Experimental TV's Long Revolution

Experimental TV's Long Revolution

Colin Perry

Colin Perry looks back at Channel 4's groundbreaking programming of the 1980s, and in particular Stuart Marshall's Bright Eyes, one of the first documentaries to confront the AIDS crisis.

Thinking 'Former West'

Thinking 'Former West'

Cosmin Costinas, Maria Hlavajova

In this essay, the the first of a series Afterall will publish over the next three years, Cosmin Costinas and Maria Hlavajova introduce the international research project FORMER WEST.

At the Crossroads

Picture Essay

At the Crossroads

Daniel Fuller

Daniel Fuller reflects on a series of unofficial historical plaques erected throughout Pittsburgh, which tell a second side of the story about the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, the US's first major working-class rebellion.

Home Schooling

Home Schooling

Rebecca Heald

Rebecca Heald considers the latest edition of Home Works, the ten-day event of lectures and performances in Beirut, and its approach this year to questions of education and radicality.

Notes on 3 Triptychs

Picture Essay

Notes on 3 Triptychs

Lamia Joreige

Lamia Joreige considers the frontier between the conscious and the unconscious in the work of Jalal Toufic, Andrei Tarkovsky, Jean Cocteau and David Lynch, setting these in relation to her recent video installation 3 Triptychs.

The Triangulation of Value

The Triangulation of Value

Nav Haq

Responding to two papers given by Diedrich Diederichsen and Dorothea von Hantelmann, Nav Haq considers how value is estimated in the art world today.

Free Radicals

Picture Essay

Free Radicals

Jess Baines

Jess Baines looks back at London's printmaking workshops of the 1970s and 80s, DIY sites of political and community activism that rejected the traditional role of the artist to participate in a network of campaign groups, radical publishers and alternative distributors.

The German Issue

The German Issue

Annette Weisser

This year Semiotext(e) republished The German Issue, a compendium of French and German theory edited by Sylvère Lotringer in 1982. Annette Weisser looks back at its appearance in the German intellectual context at the time, and considers what its reissue suggests now.

The Archival Fourth Dimension

Picture Essay

The Archival Fourth Dimension

Sarah Pierce

In this video essay, Sarah Pierce excerpts four Irish-language television programmes from the 1950s and 60s that complicate Ireland's perception of its past and explore, as she writes, how notions of language, nation, history and territory are constructed.

Adventures in the Valley

Picture Essay

Adventures in the Valley

Polly Braden, David Campany

Afterall's first photo-essay, by Polly Braden and David Campany, chronicles the River Lea in east London, site of the 2012 Olympic Games.