Zombie history: contemporary art in the jungles of cosmic time

Barikin, Amelia (2014). Zombie history: contemporary art in the jungles of cosmic time. In Helen Hughes and Nicholas Croggon (Ed.), Three Reflections on Contemporary Art History (pp. 55-74) Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Discipline.

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Author Barikin, Amelia
Title of chapter Zombie history: contemporary art in the jungles of cosmic time
Title of book Three Reflections on Contemporary Art History
Place of Publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Discipline
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9780646920061
Editor Helen Hughes
Nicholas Croggon
Chapter number 1
Start page 55
End page 74
Total pages 20
Total chapters 3
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Contemporary art history pays tribute to the living dead. It is an epistemology founded on zombie knowledge. In the ‘living present’, the past appears as an undead thing. Zombie history is re-animated in the long now, gifting art with a weird, contemporaneous immortality. Works of art are then always already contemporary, for everything that persists in the present is always already undead. This leads to the broader understanding of ‘contemporaneity’ as a malleable temporal plane in which everything that has existed, or that will exist, is re-animated in the present, its affect undiminished by the so-called passing of time. Zombie histories, like zombies, are a materially driven phenomenon that makes no distinction between subjects and objects. Things – as well as subjectivities – are imbued with affect. Objects – as well as people, plants and animals – become vehicles for meaning. The ‘world picture’ or ‘world art’ created out of this terrain is, importantly, made primarily of things.
Keyword Contemporary art
Art history
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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