Between Fascism and Communism: The Aestheticization of Politics and the Politicization of Art

23 March, 2023 20:00 (London time)

This is a follow-up of the reading group on Walter Benjamin’s text The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.

We ran out of time to read Timothy O’Leary’s text Fat, Felt and Fascism: The Case of Joseph Beuys.

This discussion will include the essay by Boris Groys On art activism, which makes reference both to Beuys and Marinetti whom “Benjamin calls as the crucial witness when, in the afterword to his famous essay about “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.”

Here is some more thoughts that Scott Thompson and I developing around these texts.

The description of FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER VS JOSEPH BEUYS Fights Club project was framing the following up discussions.

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