FIGHT CLUB - REVOLUTION OR EVOLUTION
21:00 Fight Club: Revolution or Evolution
Location: KÅKÅ, Valberget 3
Inspired by the original Greek Symposia where debates took place fueled by copious amounts of wine, Nuart introduce a current hot topic in Street Art culture to be debated by two opposing teams made up of artists, academics and industry professionals, all lubricated by alcohol. The audience are invited to participate and settle the score at the end of the discussion by voting for the winner.
For anyone who’s ever been to a conference and felt bored to distraction. For anyone who ever felt too inhibited to put their hand up during a Q&A. For anyone with an opinion about power structures in public space but without a platform to voice them. Fight Club is for you.
Revolution or Evolution
Death to Art!, Burn down the Institution, Abolish Bureaucracies, Smash the System, Reclaim the City.
The paradoxical ascent of a socially engaged contemporary art in a socially bankrupt artworld, not only complicit with neoliberal ideology, but exemplifying it, has left us wondering: can the artworld evolve, or have we reached an end game, a final neoliberal plateau of middle class biennale banality destined to repeat itself ad infinitum?
Can the current homogenised institutional monoculture of contemporary art practice be brought back into everyday life, become life?
Should Street Art, Activist Art & Graffiti Artists engage with the neoliberal hierarchies that permeate the contemporary artworld in a vainglorious attempt to “evolve” the system, or should we simply light it up and move on?!
More Red Wine, or Molotov Cocktails, you the audience decide.
Team leaders Evan Pricco (Managing Editor of Juxtapoz Magazine) and Carlo McCormick (pop culture critic and independent curator) go head-to-head to argue these points and more in the latest installment of Nuart’s legendary Fight Club.
Refereed by Doug Gillen (Founder & Director, Fifth Wall TV)
Evan Pricco (US) is the founder and Managing Editor of the world’s leading international contemporary art magazine, Juxtapoz, based in San Francisco, California. Prior to starting Juxtapoz in 2006, Evan worked at SF-based gallery and apparel company, Upper Playground. He is the author of Juxtapoz’ continuing book series, including titles on Poster Art, Illustration, Handmade Art, and Contemporary Painting.
Carlo McCormick (US) is an esteemed pop culture critic, curator and Senior Editor of PAPER magazine. His numerous books, monographs and catalogues include: TRESPASS: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene 1974-1984, and Dondi White: Style Master General. His work has appeared in numerous publications including: Art in America, Art News, and Artforum.
Doug Gillen (UK) is the founder and Director of arts based media outlet Fifth Wall TV. Fifth Wall create and enhance projects based around art, culture and social movements, with a focus on documenting the Street Art scene in London and beyond.
Photos by Kristina Borhes