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Camera Austria International 139: Sincerity

With this gathering of the work of artists, writers, and poets from Europe and North America, we want to make an argument, or at least launch a plea, for the aesthetic, material, and social possibilities of sincerity. To do this, we look back to sincerity’s history and pull forward moments where it speaks to our own strange and taut present. It is a necessary time to rethink sincerity, partly because of the strangeness of sincerity historically and its performance, both positively and negatively, today. Sincerity mediates our relationship to the present, and the present shapes sincerity as part of what Raymond Williams calls, beautifully, the “structures of feeling” we live within: these unfixed yet defining formations and positions are shot through with sincerity. For do not many of the most compelling political formations today draw on a social sincerity to come together and demand, at a number of scales and sites, that another world be made (a step further than imaging another world to be possible)? This gathering of works raises the question of how sincerity surfaces at times of social and historical shift, from the changes in the global economy and the national public spheres, to the intensity of the moment of the cultural front in North America, and to the forms of sincerity that are generated in new political formations and artistic practices today. So, with this relational collection of works, we hope that sincerity can itself be seen as a productive space—as a political and aesthetic intensity between historical subjects—because of its contradictions, but also because of its necessity.

Text: Braun Reinhard, Derksen Jeff. pp. 96; paperback. Publisher: Camera Austria, Graz, 2017.

ISBN: 9783902911360 | 3902911360

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ID: 21534

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With this gathering of the work of artists, writers, and poets from Europe and North America, we want to make an argument, or at least launch a plea, for the aesthetic, material, and social possibilities of sincerity. To do this, we look back to sincerity’s history and pull forward moments where it speaks to our own strange and taut present. It is a necessary time to rethink sincerity, partly because of the strangeness of sincerity historically and its performance, both positively and negatively, today. Sincerity mediates our relationship to the present, and the present shapes sincerity as part of what Raymond Williams calls, beautifully, the “structures of feeling” we live within: these unfixed yet defining formations and positions are shot through with sincerity. For do not many of the most compelling political formations today draw on a social sincerity to come together and demand, at a number of scales and sites, that another world be made (a step further than imaging another world to be possible)? This gathering of works raises the question of how sincerity surfaces at times of social and historical shift, from the changes in the global economy and the national public spheres, to the intensity of the moment of the cultural front in North America, and to the forms of sincerity that are generated in new political formations and artistic practices today. So, with this relational collection of works, we hope that sincerity can itself be seen as a productive space—as a political and aesthetic intensity between historical subjects—because of its contradictions, but also because of its necessity.