Brian Holmes

Escape the Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society

This publication contains a selection of texts and essays by the writer Brian Holmes hat engage with the possibilities and problematics of geopolitics and geopoetics. Holmes is a crucial contemporary writer and thinker whose insight into current social and political developments and how they relate to artistic processes opens up a new field of “geocritique”.

The examples he cites extend across Latin America, Europe and Asia, where he looks at networks, artworks, films, institutions and protest movements for signs of how future progressive strategies might be shaped. The texts here are connected in part with the long-term collaborative research project Continental Drift.

Escape the Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society is published by the Van Abbemuseum in collaboration with WHW, Zagreb, as the second publication in the Van Abbemuseum Public Research Series. This series is dedicated to putting new knowledge about the political possibilities of art and its institutions into the public domain. The museum collaborates with writers, curators, activists and other cultural organisations who share its ambitions to speculate on the possible social roles of art and its potential to help us imagine the world otherwise. The books are intended to serve as inspirational sources for future developments as well as a record of individual responses in the field of art.

Brian Holmes, Escape the Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society
Van Abbemuseum in collaboration with WHW
August 2009
ISBN 978-90-70149-98-7
Text: English
Design: Dejan Krši?
414 pages, illustrated, hardcover
Price: € 15,00

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