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Documents of Utopia: The Politics of Experimental Documentary (Nonfictions) Paolo Magagnoli

Documents of Utopia: The Politics of Experimental Documentary (Nonfictions)

Paolo Magagnoli

Published May 12th 2015
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224 pages
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This timely volume discusses the experimental documentary projects of some of the most significant artists in todays global art world: Hito Steyerl, Joachim Koester, Tacita Dean, Matthew Buckingham, Zoe Leonard, Jean-Luc Moulène, Ilya & EmiliaMoreThis timely volume discusses the experimental documentary projects of some of the most significant artists in todays global art world: Hito Steyerl, Joachim Koester, Tacita Dean, Matthew Buckingham, Zoe Leonard, Jean-Luc Moulène, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead, and Anri Sala. Their films, videos, and photographic series address the history of failed utopian experiments and counter-hegemonic social practices. This study illustrates the political significance of these artistic practices and offers a crucial contribution to the debate on the conditions of utopian thinking in late capitalist society, arguing that contemporary artists interest in the past is the result of a shift within the temporal organization of the utopian imagination from its futuristic pole toward the pole of remembrance. The book therefore provides one of the first critical examinations of the recent turn towards documentary in the field of contemporary art.