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"This kaleidoscopic collection will help you see and
comprehend the world anew--which is, in my book, what good art should
do."--Astra Taylor It is a scary and disorienting time for art, as it is a scary and
disorienting time in general.
Aesthetic experience is both overshadowed
by the spectacle of current events and pressed into new connection with
them. The self-image of art as a social good is collapsing under the
weight of capitalism's dysfunction.
In these incisive essays, art critic Ben Davis makes sense of our
extreme present as an emerging "after-culture"--a culture whose forms and
functions are being radically reshaped by cataclysmic events. In the
face of catastrophe, he holds out hope that reckoning with the new
realities of art, technology, activism, and the media, can help us
weather the super-storms of the future.