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Book Launch: Ina Blom's 'Houses to Die In'
You are warmly invited to attend the launch of Ina Blom's new book, Houses to Die In and Other Essays on Art, on Friday 20th January at 5pm, hosted by the Seminary Co-op Bookstore via Zoom.
The undead of contemporary painting, avant-garde populism, photography courting stupidity, fraught networking, synthetic atmospheres, displaced abstractions, and the mediation of pain: these are among the subjects treated in this collection of essays . Drawing on Blom's familiarity with the contemporary art scene as well as the archives of twentieth-century avant-garde art, these texts share a pull towards artistic projects that are not redemptive or exemplary but that rather convey a sense of—often unheroic—trouble. Leaning into ambivalence as a methodology of criticism, Blom takes a particular interest in the detours, doubts, and difficulties that run alongside avant-garde art’s more constructively hopeful desires for transformative innovation and change.
Ina Blom is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo and Wigeland Visiting Professor at the Department of Art History, University of Chicago. Her fields of research are modernism/avant-garde studies and contemporary art with a particular focus on the relationship between art, technology, media, and politics. Blom is the author of On the Style Site: Art, Sociality and Media Culture (2007 and 2009) and The Autobiography of Video: The Life and Times of a Memory Technology (2016) and the co-editor of Raoul Hausmann et les avantgardes (2014) and Memory in Motion. Archives, Technology and the Social (2017). She is also an art critic, contributing to journals such as Artforum, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, and Parkett.
She will give a short presentation on her new book before being joined in conversation by Matthew Jesse Jackson, Professor of Art History, Theater and Performance Studies, Visual Arts and the College at the University of Chicago and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art.
This is a virtual event that will take place via Zoom. Please register to attend the event here.