Art and Subjecthood
Beschrijving Art and Subjecthood
Many contemporary artworks evoke the human figure: consider the omnipresence of the mannequin in current installations of artists like John Miller (Londen 1931, 2002), Thomas Hirschhorn (Bern 16-05-1957), Heimo Zobernig (Mauthen 1958), or David Lieske (Hamburg 1979). Or consider the revival of a minimalist vocabulary, which embraces anthropomorphism as in the works of Isa Genzken (BadOldeshoe 1948) and Rachel Harrison (New York 1966). This book brings together contributions from the eponymous conference, all of which seek to speculate on the reasons as to why, since the turn of the millennium, we have encountered so many artworks that tend to reconcile Minimalism with suggestions of the human figure. It proposes that this new artistic convention becomes rather questionable when discussed in the light of Franco Berardi's theory of semiocapitalism-a power technology that aims squarely at our human resources. The participants of this conference were asked to offer possible explanations for this wide acceptance of anthropomorphism could it be that this is a manifestation ofthe increasingly desperate desire for art to have agency?