Brian Holmes

art critic and activist who is known for his writing on the intersections of artistic and political practice. He received a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley. Holmes was the English editor of publications for Documenta X in 1997, was a member of the activist group Ne Pas Plier (Do Not Bend) from 1999 to 2001, and has recently worked with the French conceptual art group Bureau d'Études. Brian Holmes is a frequent contributor to the international listserve Nettime, and to the art magazines Parachute (Montreal), Springerin (Vienna), and Brumaria (Barcelona). His essays have been gathered into three anthologies: Hieroglyphs of the Future: Art and Politics in a Networked Era (2002); Unleashing the Collective Phantoms: Essays in Reverse Imagineering (2008); and Escape The Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society (2009).
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· The Errorist International: Washed Up on a Beach in Australia

· The Maghreb Connection

· Beyond the Global 1000

· Images of Fire

transform/transversal documents

· The Speculative Performance
Art’s Financial Futures

· La performance spéculative
Art et économie financière

· Spekulative Performance
Kunst und Finanzökonomie

· La performance especulativa
los futuros financieros del arte

· The Flexible Personality
For a New Cultural Critique

· Der flexible Charakter
Für eine neue Kulturkritik

· La personalidad flexible
Por una nueva crítica cultural

· Fleksibilna ličnost
za novu kulturalnu kritiku

· Extradisciplinary Investigations. Towards a New Critique of Institutions
Towards a New Critique of Institutions

· Extradisziplinäre Forschungen. Für eine neue Institutionenkritik
· Investigaciones extradisciplinares. Hacia una nueva crítica de las instituciones
· Investigaţii extradisciplinare. Spre o nouæ criticæ a instituţiilor
· Disiplin-dışı Soruşturmalar: Kurumların Yeni Bir Eleştirisine Doğru


The Geopolitics of Pimping
(Suely Rolnik)

Art: Radical Political Imagination

Quand l’art c’est la vie
(Claire Pentecost)

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