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Human Strike and the Art of Creating Freedom (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)

Human Strike and the Art of Creating Freedom (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)

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Publication Date: December 29th, 2020
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The first English-language publication of writings by the collective artist Claire Fontaine, addressing our complicity with anything that limits our freedom.

This anthology presents, in chronological order, all the texts by collective artist Claire Fontaine from 2004 to today. Created in 2004 in Paris by James Thornhill and Fulvia Carnevale, the collective artist Clare Fontaine creates texts that are as as experimental and politically charged as her visual practice. In. these writings, she uses the concept of “human strike” and adopts the radical feminist position that can be found in Tiqqun, a two-issue magazine cofounded by Carnevale.

Human strike is a movement that is broader and more radical than any general strike. It addresses our inevitable subjective complicity with everything that limits our freedom and shows how to abandon these self-destructive behaviors through desubjectivization. Human strike, Claire Fontaine writes, is a subjective struggle to separate from the inevitable harm we do to ourselves and others simply by living within postindustrial neoliberalism. Human Strike is the first English-language publication of Claire Fontaine's influential and important theoretical writings.

About the Author

Claire Fontaine is a collective artist who exhibits internationally. Founded in Paris in 2004, she works and lives in Palermo, Italy. Recent solo exhibitions include: Your Money and Your Life, Galerias Municipais, Lisbon, 2019; Too Late to Read, Longtang, Zurich, 2019; Les printemps seront silencieux, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, 2019; La borsa e la vita, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, 2019; #displaced, Städtische Galerie, Nordhorn, 2018; The Crack-up, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 2017; Camp, Villa Medici, Rome, 2017. Claire Fontaine's writings have previously been published in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the UK.

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin '17 Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and the author of Prosthetic Gods (MIT Press) and other books.