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Beginning 2012


09 January 2012

Beginning 2012

2011 is finally over. We have talked at length about the crisis, the economic problems and the grey or black future that looms ahead. The national pastime in Spain used to be that of football trainer, standing at the bar. Now we would have to add that of economic analyst, though probably no longer in a bar as times are tough.

We want to avoid lamenting about how bad things are. We want to work and demonstrate that it is possible. We want to think about options and possibilities. We want the platforms for a truly critical space that we have been generating for years to carry on, with the same tone, the same internal critique, understanding where we are and thinking about where we want to lance our next question. We want more critical voices, more debate and fewer complicit silences. Once and for all we want to grow together, with the understanding that disagreement and the ability for debate is positive in a context such as art and artistic thought, that tends to falls into fear and victimisation with such alarming ease.

Are we alone? Does nobody defend us? Do we really want somebody to defend us? As if we were those poor cripples that it is good to help from time to time… The fragility of a sector is also the responsibility of the sector itself, so enough sickly-sweet complaining, it is time for action. Having entered 2012, we want it to be a good year, so we’ll leave any shrugging of shoulders, sighs or lamentations for another occasion.

In this edition of A*Magazine we present four critical texts. David G Torres writes about the exhibition exploring postmodernism at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Rosa Naharro about the Antoni Muntadas exhibition at the Reina Sofia. Maite Garbayo writes about Claude Cahun at the Virreina Centre de la Imatge in Barcelona and Jeffrey Swartz about Dublin Contemporary.

A*DESK is a critical platform focused on publishing, training, experimentation, communication and dissemination in relation to contemporary culture and art, which is defined by transversality. The starting point is contemporary art, because that is where we come from and this awareness allows us to go much further, to incorporate other disciplines and forms of thought in order debate issues that are relevant and urgent for understanding our present.

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