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The publishing project took shape between the spring of 2009 and 2010. Nine curators were involved in researching for the book which is edited by Angelika Burtscher and Judith Wielander and published by Sternberg Press, Berlin.

The curators present recent artistic productions, all of which contain a critical observation of the social, cultural and political landscape they are part of and from which they draw inspiration. The result of this process is a reconnaissance tour of forty-one artistic positions involved in building or rebuilding the imagination of the present. The interdisciplinary ideas published in this volume consign to art the potential for acting and deciphering commonly acknowledged codes of the world, reinterpreting the events of history, and thus guiding their influence on our future. The forty-one artistic processes described in this publication are ideal for building up hybrid, transversal, and open narratives.

9 curators

Cecilia Canziani, Anna Colin, Hu Fang, Emiliano Gandolfi, Julieta González, Raimundas Malašauskas, Mihnea Mircan, Gabi Ngcobo, and Elvira Dyangani Ose.

41 artists

Alterazioni Video, Maria Thereza Alves, Aspra.mente, Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin, Anna Best, Francisco Camacho, CAMP, Santiago Cirugeda (Recetas Urbanas), Teddy Cruz, Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska, Fadaiat, Cao Fei, Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Goldin+Senneby, Gugulective, Zheng Guogu, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Alon Levin, Goddy Leye, Jill Magid, Darius Mikšys, Nástio Mosquito, Ciprian Muresan, Jesús Bubu Negrón, Offer and exchange, Progetto Diogene, Publink, Wanda Raimundi-Ortíz, Pedro Reyes, Anna Scalfi, Jonas Staal, Xu Tan, Javier Téllez, Tercerunquinto, Bert Theis, Ana Laura López de la Torre, Judi Werthein, Ming Wong, Mlu Zondi with an essay by Saskia Sassen.

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