Archivi tag: avant-garde

the avant-garde in the nordic countries

Sandro Ricaldone

Since 1975
Editors: Benedikt Hjartarson, Tania Ørum, Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam, and Laura Luise Schultz
Brill, 2022

The Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries Since 1975 is the final volume of the four-volume series of cultural histories of the avant-garde movements in the Nordic countries. This volume carries the avant-garde discussion forward to present-day avant-gardes, challenged by the globalisation of the entertainment industries and new interactive media such as the internet. The avant-garde can now be considered a tradition that has been made more widely available through the opening of archives, electronic documentation and new research, which has spurred both re-enactments, revisions and continuations of historical avant-garde practices, while new cultural contexts, political, technological and ecological conditions have called for new strategies.

lindsay caplan, “arte programmata. freedom, control and the computer in 1960s italy”

Sandro Ricaldone

Arte Programmata
Freedom, Control and the Computer in 1960s Italy
University of Minnesota Press, 2022

Tracing the evolution of the Italian avant-garde’s pioneering experiments with art and technology and their subversion of freedom and control
In postwar Italy, a group of visionary artists used emergent computer technologies as both tools of artistic production and a means to reconceptualize the dynamic interrelation between individual freedom and collectivity. Arte Programmata traces the multifaceted practices of these groundbreaking artists and their conviction that technology could provide the conditions for a liberated social life.


Lindsay Caplan’s Arte Programmata offers a compelling account of a group of lesser-known artists affiliated with the Italian Arte Programmata movement, whose experimental art and design practices, emerging in the nascent years of computerization, pointedly (and presciently) engaged with political questions around freedom and control, individuality and collectivity. Beautifully written, sharply analytic, and free of jargon, Caplan’s incisive study should find a place on the bookshelves of anyone interested in the roots and impacts of technological change.

— Janet Kraynak, author of Contemporary Art and the Digitization of Everyday Life

“avant-gardes in crisis: art and politics in the long 1970s”

Sandro Ricaldone

AVANT-GARDES IN CRISIS. Art and Politics in the Long 1970s
edited by Jean-Thomas Tremblay and Andrew Strombeck
State University of New York Press, 2022

Avant-Gardes in Crisis claims that the avant-gardes of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries are in crisis, in that artmaking both responds to political, economic, and social crises and reveals a crisis of confidence regarding resistance’s very possibility. Specifically, this collection casts contemporary avant-gardes as a reaction to a crisis in the reproduction of life that accelerated in the 1970s—a crisis that encompasses living-wage rarity, deadly epidemics, and other aspects of an uneven management of vitality indexed by race, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, class, and disability. The contributors collectively argue that a minoritarian concept of the avant-garde, one attuned to uneven patterns of resource depletion and infrastructural failure (broadly conceived), clarifies the interplay between art and politics as it has played out, for instance, in discussions of art’s autonomy or institutionality. Writ large, this book seeks to restore the historical and political context for the debates on the avant-garde that have raged since the 1970s.

Jean-Thomas Tremblay is Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico State University.
Andrew Strombeck is Professor of English at Wright State University.

détournement & kitsch. les cartes postales de hp zimmer

Sandro Ricaldone

Les cartes postales de HP Zimmer
Texte de Jacopo Galimberti
Préface de Fabrice Flahutez
Presses Universitaires de Paris Nanterre

Entre 1957 et la fin de sa vie, l’artiste situationniste et membre du groupe Spur HP Zimmer détourne des centaines de cartes postales. Mêlant l’art d’avant-garde au kitsch le plus grotesque, ces oeuvres convoquent la pensée de Nietzsche pour critiquer la société du spectacle, sans renoncer à une vision hédoniste de la politique et de la vie. Savants et enjoués, les détournements de Zimmer cherchent à affirmer de nouvelles valeurs, transformant le kitsch en une arme redoutable contre le bon gout bourgeois.
Les cartes postales détournées, conservées dans les archives del’artiste, sont publiées pour la première fois dans leur intégralité, et complétées par un essai inédit.

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lettrismo: alcuni link


the plastic use of the letter or sign would not signify anything other than itself

In the plastic field, Lettrism is based on the merging of image and word. The plastic use of the letter or sign would not signify anything other than itself, thus transcending traditional conventions of meaning by emphasising the form of the letter over representation. Isou conceived Lettrism as fundamentally different from movements that preceded it, representing a complete shift from figuration and abstraction to the plastic use of the symbol of letters or signs. While Isou acknowledged that some artists associated with the Bauhaus and Cubism, and artists such as Marcel Duchamp, approached qualities of Lettrism, Isou declared that these artists ultimately faltered by subjecting letters to function and burdening them with meaning, rather than granting them independence and allowing them to become pure form.

anti-100 years of cinema manifesto / jonas mekas. 1996

“As you well know it was God who created this Earth and everything on it. And he thought it was all great. All painters and poets and musicians sang and celebrated the creation and that was all OK. But not for real. Something was missing. So about 100 years ago God decided to create the motion picture camera. And he did so. And then he created a filmmaker and said ‘now here is an instrument called motion picture camera. Now go and film and celebrate the beauty of the creation and the dreams of human spirit, and have fun with it.’

But the devil did not like that. So he placed a money bag in front of the camera and said to the filmmakers ‘why do you want to celebrate the beauty of the world and the spirit of it if you can make money with this instrument?’ And, believe it or not, all filmmakers ran after the money bag. The Lord realized he had made a mistake. So some 25 years later, to correct his mistake, God created independent avant-garde filmmakers and said, ‘here is the camera. Take it and go into the world and sing the beauty of all creation and have fun with it. But you will have a difficult time doing it, and you will never make any money with this instrument.’

Thus spoke the Lord to Viking Eggeling, Germaine Dulac, Jean Epstein, Fernand Leger, Dmitri Kirsanoff, Marcel Duchamp, Hans Richter, Luis Bunuel, Man Ray, Cavalcanti, Jean Cocteau, and Maya Deren, and Sidney Peterson, and Kenneth Anger, Gregory Markopoulos, Stan Brakhage, Marie Menken, Bruce Baillie, Francis Lee, Harry Smith and Jack Smith and Ken Jacobs, Ernie Gehr, Ron Rice, Michael Snow, Joseph Cornell, Peter Kubelka, Hollis Frampton and Barbara Rubin, Paul Sharits, Robert Beavers, Christopher McLain, and Kurt Kren, Robert Breer, Dore O, Isidore Isou, Antonio De Bernardi, Maurice Lemaitre, and Bruce Conner, and Klaus Wyborny, Boris Lehman, Bruce Elder, Taka Iimura, Abigail Child, Andrew Noren and too many others. Many others all over the world. And they took their Bolex’s and their little 8 and Super-8 cameras and began filming the beauty of this world, and the complex adventures of the human spirit, and they’re having great fun doing it. And the films bring no money and do not do what’s called useful.

And the museums all over the world are celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of cinema, costing them millions of dollars the cinema makes, all going gaga about their Hollywoods. But there is no mention of the avant-garde or the independents of our cinema.

I have seen the brochures, the programs of the museums and archives and cinematheques around the world. But these say, ‘we don’t care about your cinema.’ In the times of bigness, spectaculars, one hundred million movie productions, I want to speak for the small, invisible acts of human spirit, so subtle, so small, that they die when brought out under the clean lights. I want to celebrate the small forms of cinema, the lyrical form, the poem, the watercolor, etude, sketch, portrait, arabesque, and bagatelle, and little 8mm songs. In the times when everybody wants to succeed and sell, I want to celebrate those who embrace social and daily tailor to pursue the invisible, the personal things that bring no money and no bread and make no contemporary history, art history or any other history. I am for art which we do for each other, as friends.

I am standing in the middle of the information highway and laughing, because a butterfly on a little flower somewhere in China just fluttered its wings, and I know that the entire history, culture will drastically change because of that fluttering. A super-8 millimeter camera just made a little soft buzz somewhere, somewhere on the lower east side of New York, and the world will never be the same.

The real history of cinema is invisible history. History of friends getting together, doing the thing they love. For us, the cinema is beginning with every new buzz of the projector, with every new buzz of our cameras. With every new buzz of our cameras, our hearts jump forward my friends.”


Jonas Mekas, February 11, 1996, American Center, Paris

Avant-Garde Books

Rem Magazine: call for submissions

Rem Magazine is open for submissions until 1 November.

Rem is an Aotearoa based online/offline zine which specialises in experimental writing (asemic, avant-garde, vispo, fiction, mailart etc).

Full details can be found on the website:

for info:
rem [at] remmagazine [dot] net

Rem Magazine is open for submissions until 1 November. Rem is an Aotearoa
based online/offline zine which specialises in experimental writing
(asemic, avant-garde, vispo, fiction, mailart etc).

Full details can be found on the website: email at for information.