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Concerning War: A Critical Reader



book launch 10.09.2006

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and post editions are pleased to announce the release of the second edition of Concerning War: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art, the inaugural publication in the BAK Critical Reader Series, which has been out of print for a number of years. Originally published in 2006, the reader is the final part of the multifaceted project Concerning War, which took place at BAK in 2005–2006. 
 
Concerning War: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art presents new and anthologized texts by artists and writers who analyze the possibilities for critical artistic response to the contemporary world as a site of global war. In a variety of distinct ways and from different positions, contributing authors reflect on the nature and numerous aspects of our contemporary condition marked by ongoing violence and conflicts across the globe, and provide insights into how the world in this state of war, though predominantly addressed from our Western perspective, could be re-imagined differently through contemporary artistic and intellectual practices.
With contributions by Ross Birrell, Boris Buden, Jordan Crandall, Bregje van Eekelen, Boris Groys, Viktor Misiano, Irit Rogoff, Martha Rosler, Sean Snyder, and Hito Steyerl.
 
The second edition of Concerning War contains a new preface reflecting on the four years since the reader’s initial publication and the continued urgency of the topics at hand, as well as an extensive index, which allows for the shared engagements and key themes within the reader contributions to become visible on another level.
 
Concerning War: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art
Edited by Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Published by: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and post editions, Rotterdam
Design: Kummer & Herrman, Utrecht 
Reprinted in 2010 (First published 2006)
ISBN: 978-94-6083-027-3
Price: € 23
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