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Not-I/Thou: The Other Subject of Art and Architecture is a series of essays delineating the gray areas and black zones in present-day cultural production. Part One is an implicit critique of neoliberal capitalism and its assault on the humanities through the pseudo-scientific and pseudo-empirical biases of academic and professional disciplines, while Part Two returns to apparent lost causes in the historical development of modernity and post-modernity, particularly the recourse to artistic production as both a form of mnemonics and periodic (and renascent) avant-garde agitation. In-between these twin systems of taking the measure of things, Art and Architecture, as forms of speculative intellectual capital, emerge from the shadow-lands of half-conscious and half-unconscious forces to become gestures toward a type of knowledge that has no utilitarian or generic agency. Defying the tendencies of such discourses to fall prey to instrumental orders that effectively neuter the inherent radical agenda of both, Art and Architecture are represented in this series of essays as noetic apparatuses, operating at the edge of authorized systems of knowledge, quietly and secretly validating and valorizing the shadowy and recondite, collective and personal operations of intellect in service to no particular end.
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Gavin Keeney is an editor, writer, and critic. His recent publications include Art as "Night": An Art-theological Treatise (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), a survey of meta-painting from Velazquez to Gerhard Richter; "Else-where": Essays in Art, Architecture, and Cultural Production 2002-2011 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011); and Dossier Chris Marker: The Suffering Image (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). He has taught in architecture schools in the US and Australia, and is the Creative Director of Agence 'X', an editorial and artists' and architects' re-representation bureau founded in New York, New York, USA, in October 2007.
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