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The Resource The play in the system : the art of parasitical resistance, Anna Watkins Fisher, (electronic resource)

The play in the system : the art of parasitical resistance, Anna Watkins Fisher, (electronic resource)

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The play in the system : the art of parasitical resistance
Title
The play in the system
Title remainder
the art of parasitical resistance
Statement of responsibility
Anna Watkins Fisher
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In THE PLAY IN THE SYSTEM Anna Watkins Fisher asks what kind of room for maneuver remains in a system from which there appears to be no way out. Arguing that traditional leftist modes of opposition and refusal, which presuppose an autonomous or emancipatory subject, have proven ill-adapted to today's murky political terrain, Fisher focuses on new media artists and activists who embrace what she calls parasitism. Fisher defines parasitism as a tactical mode through which precarious subjects (at least, those with enough capital to get a foot in the door) can leverage the minor advantages of appearing familiar and non-threatening to those who hold power over them. Using powerful entities' pretense of benevolence to gain access, parasitical artists are then (like Trojan horses) able to disrupt the smooth functioning of these entities. In acknowledging our inevitable entanglement in the oppressive systems and institutions we most need to resist, Fisher's parasites create space to relinquish investments in purity and weaponize complicity. The first half of the book focuses on works that target large corporations-major "hosts"-whose appropriation of transparency and facilitation masks their proprietary gatekeeping and monetization of public goods. But Fisher's book does not only laud parasitical activists like the collective Ubermorgen, whose Amazon Noir project exploited Amazon's "search inside the book" feature to produce open access versions of over 3,000 books. The book's second half considers what happens when the boundary between host and parasite becomes blurrier, grappling with the more messy contradictions posed by parasitical works that share a genealogy with feminist performance art. Here, works like Chris Kraus' I Love Dick and Sophie Calle's Take Care of Yourself play on the intimacy of the author/artist's relationship with a privileged man. In the book's coda, Fisher considers her own parasitic relationship with feminist performance artist Roisin Byrne, reflecting on the shifting parasitical relationships between artists and critics. This book will be of interest to readers in media studies, especially new media studies, as well as those in contemporary art and performance studies, feminist studies, political and social theory, and cultural studies, as well as those interested in neoliberalism and anti-capitalist activism"--
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Fisher, Anna Watkins
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Arts
  • Arts and society
  • Artists
  • Feminism and the arts
  • Feminism in art
  • Artists and community
  • Politics and culture
  • Arts, Modern
Label
The play in the system : the art of parasitical resistance, Anna Watkins Fisher, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
User be used : leveraging the coercive hospitality of corporate platforms -- An opening in the structure : Núria Güell and Kenneth Pietrobono's legal loopholes -- Hangers-on : Chris Kraus's parasitical feminism -- A seat at the table : feminist performance art's institutional absorption and parasitical legacies -- Coda. It's not you, it's me : Roisin Byrne and the parasite's shifting ethics and politics
Control code
ssj0002329399
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781478012320
Lccn
2019054724
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0002329399
Label
The play in the system : the art of parasitical resistance, Anna Watkins Fisher, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
User be used : leveraging the coercive hospitality of corporate platforms -- An opening in the structure : Núria Güell and Kenneth Pietrobono's legal loopholes -- Hangers-on : Chris Kraus's parasitical feminism -- A seat at the table : feminist performance art's institutional absorption and parasitical legacies -- Coda. It's not you, it's me : Roisin Byrne and the parasite's shifting ethics and politics
Control code
ssj0002329399
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781478012320
Lccn
2019054724
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0002329399

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