Gene Ray is a critic and theorist living in Berlin. His essays about issues at the intersections of art and radical politics have appeared in Third Text, Left Curve, and Analyse & Kritik. His most recent book is Terror and the Sublime in Art and Critical Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). The editor of Joseph Beuys: Mapping the Legacy (DAP, 2001) and a contributor to Territories: Islands, Camps and Other States of Utopia (KW, 2003), he has taught critical art theory at New College of Florida and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. More recent texts are online at: http://transform.eipcp.net/bio/ray
Aktuelle Beiträge der Autorin / des Autors
On Art, Instrumentality and Radical Struggle
The revolutionary organization has had to learn that it can no longer combat alienation by means of alienated forms of struggle.
(Debord, Society of the Spectacle)1
History and the Predicament of Critique
"Is it all the fault of the system? Systems are such heavy chains that they exonerate the infinitesimal individual, the thinking reed, the trampled reed.
What no presidential candidate is talking about - but what activists need to know about a dangerous long-term tendency in US policy.
Notes on the Politics of Fear
Six years into a so-called war against terrorism it seems timely enough to ask whether the category of the sublime is relevant to our political understanding of the world we live in today.
Joseph Beuys in Context
The German artist and the global predicaments of art after 1945.
Kritische Theorie weist die gegebene Welt zurück und blickt darüber hinaus. Auch in der Reflektion über Kunst müssen wir zwischen einer affirmativen und einer kritischen Theorie unterscheiden.
We thought we had a critical art theory, but do we?
Notes on the Internet as a Weapon of the Multitude
Is the Internet emerging as a viable site for what Paolo Virno calls a "non-servile republic," a radical public sphere largely beyond the control of "administration"?
The avant-garde tradition as a renewable vector of breakout from the art institutions and cultural fuel for social movements and struggles.