Cold War Cold World, Knowledge, Representation, and the Outside in Cold War Culture and Contemporary Art.

New anthology of writing, Amanda Beech Robin Mackay James Wiltgen (Editors)

Forthcoming Sept, 2017

Urbanomic

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Cold War/Cold World documents a research project in progress that attempts to evaluate and respond to this fundamental shock to the system, examining attempts to render knowable, representable, or figurable the looming threats of both Cold War and Cold World—the common denominator being a distressed attempt to inquire into the dynamics of a real that seems in excess over understanding and the means of politics traditionally conceived; and a concomitant temptation to abandon any intelligent collective engagement in favour of a pragmatics that limits itself to wrestling with local contingencies, or an aesthetics mesmerised by a global sublime