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Machete Redux: Art, Theory, Politics in the Present


Saturday, 10 December 2016, 7:00-9:00pm

This is not a time to bury the hatchet. It is a time to dig up the machete. After going partially underground and experimenting in metamorphoses elsewhere, the Machete Group has decided to come back in full force. In the coming months, we will be staging a series of collective, interactive symposia.

We enact intellectual events that are as much artistic workshops as political cells in the making. And we operate as a collective-in-struggle, seeking to recover the meaning of “cutting edge” from its vacuous appropriations by consumer society and the culture industry.

Join us for our first event on Saturday Dec. 10 from 7-9 p.m. at Marginal Utility Gallery. Come to engage in a collective, confrontational and uncomfortable conversation that seeks to rethink the state and stakes of contemporary art, theory and political praxis. We will use the constellation of artifacts (links listed below) to begin a discussion concerning how we can make sense of—and intervene in—the present. Participants in the conversation will include, but nowise be limited to, Avi Alpert, David Dempewolf, Sebastien Derenoncourt, Gabriel Rockhill, & Yuka Yokoyama

Download Dictionary Preface (456 KB)

Download Rockhill Interventions Ch1 Thinking Present (336 KB)

Download Hannah Arendt the life of the mind (656 KB)

photo credit: Tina Modotti, Hombres leyendo el Machete (1924)