Cultural Decay Rate: Essays on Contemporary Art, Literature and Social Disintegration
by John David Ebert. 2015.
This book, a sort of “John David Ebert Reader,” collects and gathers his most recent essays, displaying a broad range of topics from spree killers to disappearing planes; from the disintegrative effects of technology upon society to ruminations on contemporary art and literature; and also includes a section on the cult and culture of the multi-media celebrity. These essays, never before published in book form, show the broad range of Ebert’s thought and give the reader a sense of his wide grasp upon the various cultural phenomena of contemporary post-historic society.
Edited by Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner, this collection of essays and artworks reflects upon the plasticity of the brain, the adaptability of technology and the malleability of language, and their twisting together through past, present and future cultures. The contributors and their work presented within, each offer unique models of navigating this territory, making their own artefacts, writing their own scripts, forging critical space and examining the blindspots.
“Torque activities and this publication bravely push our boundaries of cognition and thinking, through striking essays, tricky concepts, and beautiful, arresting imagery.”
Professor Mike Stubbs, Artistic Director, FACT Liverpool.
Contributors: Lambros Malafouris, Emil Alzamora, Anna Munster, Benedict Drew, Esther Leslie, Cécile B Evans, Hannah Proctor, Nathan Jones, Stephen Fortune, Dennis Oppenheim, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Holly Pester, Geoff Cox, Alex McLean, Kate Sicchio, Karl Heinz Jeron, Mez Breeze, Robert Sheppard, Chris Boyd, Imogen Stidworthy. 2014.
An excerpt by John David Ebert. Oct, 2013.
Contemporary art is a very different kind of art from anything that has ever been practiced in the past. It is an art that takes place after the age of metaphysics, when all the imaginary significations that once used to anchor art in traditional meaning systems have disintegrated. Today's artist, consequently, is left with a rubble heap of broken meaning systems, discarded signifiers and semiotic vacancies that must be sifted through in a quest for new meanings appropriate to an age that has been reshaped by globalization. Through discussions of the works of artists such as Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Christian Boltanski and many others, John David Ebert attempts to fathom the nature of what it means to be an artist in a post-metaphysical age in which all certainties of meaning have collapsed.
Is Art History Global?
Is Art History Global? stages an international conversation among leading art historians and critics on the subject of practice and responsibility of global thinking within and around the discipline.
Edited by James Elkins. 2007.