ARTIST TALK: GREGORY SHOLETTE
February 24, 2011
Artist Talk: Gregory Sholette
"Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture"
Gregory Sholette’s research into politically-engaged artists’ collectives raises the following proposition: cultural economies are secretly dependent upon a sphere of hidden social production involving co-operative networks, systems of gift exchange, unwaged labor, and collective forms of practice that act as a type of missing mass or dark matter, which the art world typically refuses to acknowledge. Thanks in part to the spread of digital networks, however, this dark matter is getting brighter. By looking at more than 30 years of contemporary artists' collectives, Sholette's talk will map this missing mass politically, as part of a broader history from below.
Sholette is a New York-based artist, writer, and founding member of Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D: 1980–1988), and REPOhistory (1989-2000). His recent publications include the book Collectivism After Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945, with Blake Stimson (University of Minnesota, 2007); The Interventionists: A Users Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life, with Nato Thompson (MassMoCA/MIT Press, 2004, 2006, 2008); and a special issue of Third Text co-edited with theorist Gene Ray on the theme “Whither Tactical Media.” Sholette is currently working on an installation for Enjoy Gallery in Wellington New Zealand, and completing a book for Pluto Press (UK) entitled Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture. He is an assistant professor of sculpture at Queens College: City University of New York (CUNY), and teaches classes in theory and social practice at the CCC post-graduate research program at Geneva University of Art and Design.