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Failure!: Experiments in Aesthetic and Social Practices
With a design that's half pocket book, half zine, this provocative volume offers an array of essays, interviews and artworks that describe a minor history of failure. Tracing the idea of failure through contemporary art, activism, literature and philosophy, the work cuts against notions of forward-moving progress, instead exploring various dead ends on the timeline of ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press
(first published March 1st 2007)
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In her essay Notes On Beatification: The Case For Valerie Solanas, Catherine Lord writes:
The counts on which Valerie [Solanas] is usually convicted of failure are the following: she was not a lesbian, she was a lesbian, she didn't comb her hair, she was a hooker, she was poor, she held extremist views, she was humorless, her humor was inappropriate, she picked on an artist who would become important, she was clueless about the workings of the art market, and she missed. She did not, fortunately, ...more