Edited par Joachim Hamou, Maija Rudovska and Barbara Sirieix
[EN] In this book, Latvian philosopher Andrejs Kurcijs’ manifesto Active Art from 1923 is accompanied by a series of essays by writers, artists and curators whom have been invited to contribute responding to and/or coinciding with the text and ideas provided by Kurcijs.
‘Active Art’ by Kurcijs orbits around the problems of art and the notion of activism: art for political purposes, art for its own purpose or art with no purpose. The heterogeneous character of this collection is deliberate. We approach the material as active texts: some of them are of historic nature, others poems, or contributions by artists and academic writing. Many are being published here for the first time.
Among the contemporary contributors are curator Rebeka Põldsam, Artist Evita Vasiļjeva, writer and researcher Bella Marrin, poet Laura Boullic and artist Eva Barto. An essay by Robert Glück about New Narrative is followed by a rare fiction from 1982, while a historical essay by James Baldwin from 1987, commissioned by the African Center in New York, is an opportunity to create a statement on racism, entitlement and slavery. Throughout the book runs a conversation between the editors of the book and the contemporary philosopher Ainārs Kamoliņš. The questions raised in the dialogue convoke the other contributions expanding further thoughts, an
apparatus reflected in the book design.
In collaboration with Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga
Sponsored by Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Latvia 100, Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation
Graphic Design: Laure Giletti and Gregory Dapra, Brussels
Texts in English
148 pages, 22,5 x 16 cm