'The crisis of art today is that of its reduction to picture or object-making for the global spectacle of fetishism. Art is now going round in circles — like a dog chasing its own tail — generating tremendous energy but only to maintain the dynamics of the art market which deals in precious commodities while the world is facing environmental catastrophe. In this pioneering work, Rasheed Araeen suggests a uniquely radical way of dealing with this crisis; offering a body of concepts whose dynamics and vision will not only steer art back on its historical course but also intervene in the world at large to resolve the problems of climate change.' - excerpt from back cover
A collection of articles and other writings by Rasheed Araeen, an artist, writer and Founding Editor of Third Text. Accompanied by drawings, proposals, and photographs.
Art Beyond Art: The Idea Moves On Regardless, Without Any Complaint or Resentment
My Own Story: Or, A Journey of the Idea
Zero to Infinity: A Breaking of Symmetry
Discosailing: A Ballet on Water
Obstacles, Obstacles and More Obstacles
Return to Balochistan: Nominalising the Bourgeois Aesthetics
Beyond the Altruism of Collaboration
Saro-Wiwa Village: Art as a Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa
Mediterranea: An Unending Continuous Conceptual Art Project
Return to the Source: Art History as an Indicator of the Future
Food for Thought: Thought for Change
Cosmoruralism: The Niger River and Greening the Sahara
Ecoaesthetics: A Manifesto for the 21st Century
Postscript: Another Imperfect Text!