Thursday, 26.04.2012


No Order issue #1
Marco Scotini

‘What does the appointment of art dealer Jeffry Deitch as director of the Los Angeles Museum as director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art have to do with the trend of global financialization restarted at the Toronto G20 Summit in 2010? And how does the 25 percent attendance increase at the 2010 Gwanju Biennale fit in the picture?’ The editorial of the first issue of No Order: Art in a Post-Forsit Society, published by Archive Books, suggest that these events are among the symptoms of a global transformation of labor whereby knowledge, creativity, sociability, and ultimately life itself, are taking on the role played by machines in the Fordist era.

No Order magazine focuses on the relationships between contemporary art systems and capitalism’s production processes. By means of an investigation into current creative industries – and their social, economic and semiotic assemblages – the magazine contributions (essays, articles, interviews and dialogues as well as artists’ projects) aim to deconstruct, analyse and intervene within the ambit of the procedures and forms of cognitive capitalism. It concentrate, in particular, on the phenomena of the ‘biennalisation’, ‘financialisation’ and ‘spectacularisation’ of the political, beginning with the control and distribution of forms of artistic education, production and display on a global scale.

The Editorial Board is comprised of a series of transversal figures from various geographic and cultural environments, and includes Asef Bayat, Harun Farocki, Peter Friedl, Maurizio Lazzarato, Sylvère Lotringer, Achille Mbembe, Angela Melitopoulos, Christian Marazzi, Nelly Richard, Florian Schneider, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas and Françoise Vergès.

Amongst the numerous contributors to the first, 400 page issue are: Roger M. Burgel, Charles Esche, Harun Farocki, Stephen Willats, Maurizio Lazzarato and Christian Marazzi.

The cover picture is taken from the demonstrations at the Milan Triennale in 1968. The underlying theme of the XIV International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts and Modern Architecture was ‘Large Numbers’. The XIV Triennale never opened. It was occupied by students during the demonstrations and all the exhibition areas were destroyed. ‘Why not try to start again, precisely here in Milan? In that same space in which the great process of social transformation was interrupted?’

Marco Scotini (Editor in Chief of No Order, independent curator and director of the departments of Visual, Multimedia and Performing Arts at NABA, the New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan) and Andris Brinkmanis (coordinator and lecturer for the MA of Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at NABA and International Editor of No Order) will introduce to the public the first issue of the magazine.

No Order

An event organised by The Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZHdK.

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