art

Notes on "the Situationist International: the art of historical intervention" - Miguel Amorós

A short summary of the history of the Situationist International, with brief discussions of its artistic origins, its significance as the “the most political artistic vanguard and the most artistic political vanguard” of its time, the role of the critique of everyday life in the development of its project, and the recuperation of many situationist themes by capitalism since May ’68, whose achievements with regard to individual freedom "were nothing but the pale reflection of the freedom of the market”.

A letter to Goldsmiths art students on capitalism, art and pseudo-critique

A general critique of much of the "anti-capitalist" art at the Goldsmiths University July 2013 MFA show. This text is reproduced for reference and debate only, and the views of the author are not endorsed by the libcom group.

The anarchist art of Flavio Costantini

Image gallery of the work of anarchist artist Flavio Costantini, who sadly died yesterday 20 May 2013.

How the left got trapped inside their own heads and how fairies can open the door to the future - Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis on the pessimism that the May 68 generation used as a defence against recuperation but struggled to shake off.

Art doesn't pay - Janet Steen

Janet Steer on the reality of a career in the arts not being as glamorous as it's made out to be.

The Mexican Suitcase

A treasure trove...

In Madrid I happened upon a unique collection in the annals of Spanish Civil War. Robert Capa considered a pioneer of photojournalism provided the iconic Falling Soldier image. Negatives of his, David Chim and Gerda Taro were thought lost when Capa fled Paris in 1940. The collection formed a heavily circulated body of work sympathetic to the Republic. The collection of 4,500 fortunately resurfaced in 2007 in Mexico and until September 2012, part of the La Maleta Mexicana collection - Círculo de Bellas Artes. Unfortunately, my camera is limited, but hopefully it gives a flavour of the collection.

Political graffiti in Milan photo gallery, 2012

Photo gallery of radical, left-wing and anti-fascist graffiti around Milan in 2012.

Art of Carlos Cortez

Some images of the art of Carlos Cortez, a long time member of the IWW and anarcho-syndicalist who died in 2005.

Towards a futurology of the present - Marco Cuevas-Hewitt

Marco Cuevas-Hewitt outlines an emerging practice amongst radical writers; one entailing an attentiveness to intimations of alternative futures arising in the present. This "futurology of the present", as he calls it, represents a significant break with the hackneyed jeremiads and manifestos of earlier political generations, which limit themselves either to a simple negation of the present or to the authoritarian prescription of an idealised future. Delving into questions around the role of artists and writers in social movements and wider society, Cuevas-Hewitt's goal is a re-imagining of radical politics and a re-tooling of radical writerly practice.