What strategies are contemporary artists using to “animate the inanimate?” To better understand the complexities of our rapport with things, this issue casts a critical eye on contemporary artistic practices that challenge our common perceptions of the “object” and that invite us to reconsider its nature, status, and various functions. This number takes stock of a current phenomenon that resists the dematerialization of art heralded by new media, a phenomenon that manifests itself in a “return to the object” and in the avid interest of the social sciences in material culture.
Thomas Hirschhorn on Hyperconsumption and Resistance, Theaster Gates artworks, a retrospective of the works by Josée Dubeau and the exhibitions of Claire Savoie and Cristina Nuñez presented during 2011 Mois de la Photo à Montréal.
David Askevold, Nicolas Baier, Patrick Beaulieu, Mathieu Beauséjour, Vanessa Beecroft, Joseph Beuys, Valérie Blass, Marcel Broodthaers, Maurizio Cattelan, Alice Channer, Damian Chivialle, Christo, Collectif Pleix, Magalie Comeau, Catherine Contour, Cooke-Sasseville, Jeremy Deller, Josée Dubeau, William Eggleston, Omer Fast, Theaster Gates, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Camille Henrot, Thomas Hirschhorn, Damien Hirst, Brian Jungen, Bouchra Khalili, Guillaume La Brie, Guillaume Lachapelle, Zoe Leonard, Annie MacDonell, Teresa Margolles, Cildo Meireles, Damian Moppett, Bruce Nauman, Christina Nuñez, Michel Reilhac, Doris Salcedo, Claire Savoie, Adrienne Spier, Taryn Simon, Sibyllines, Théâtre Péril, Patrick Ward
Language: English and French