Autonomy and the Politics of Reproduction in Art

First broadcast: Mon 01.07.2013, 11.00 Uhr MEZ
Rerun: Wed 17.07.2013, 21.00 Uhr MEZ
A Broadcast in collaboration with: Marina Vishmidt

BÜCHS’N’RADIO in July 2013 is dedicated to Autonomy and the Politics of Reproduction in Art. Centre of attention is a lecture given by Marina VISHMIDT, a writer based in London, invited at Büchsenhausen by Kevin Dooley.

Marina Vishmidt, in connection to a book she is currently working on with Kerstin Stakemeier, will trace a history of the concept of the autonomy of art in capitalist modernity, and the singularities and collectivities that emerge from art’s encounter with the politics of reproduction in the era of the ‘contemporary’. From Hegel to Federici via Ukeles, it’s a condensed and partial history wrought out of the shared but not isomorphic commitments of both authors to actualizing Marxism, feminism and critical aesthetic theory for this present.

Marina Vishmidt is a London-based writer occupied mainly with questions around art, labour and the value-form. She holds an MA from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy and has just completed a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London on ‘Speculation as a Mode of Production in Art and Capital’. Vishmidt co-edited Uncorporate Identity (Lars Muller, 2010) with Metahaven, and Media Mutandis: Art, Technologies and Politics (NODE. London, 2006), and contributes to catalogues, edited collections and journals such as Mute, Afterall, Parkett and Texte zur Kunst. She also takes part in the group projects Full Unemployment Cinema, Cinenova and Signal:Noise. She is currently writing a book with Kerstin Stakemeier on the politics of autonomy and reproduction in art (Hamburg: Textem, forthcoming).


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Marina Vishmidt is a London-based writer occupied mainly with questions around art, labor and value. She is the author of Speculation as a Mode of Production (Brill, early 2016) and A for Autonomy (with Kerstin Stakemeier) (Textem, 2015). She also works regularly with Anthony Iles and with Melanie Gilligan. She collaborates with artists and contributes to journals such as Mute, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, and the South Atlantic Quarterly, as well as co-/edited collections and catalogs,most recently Anguish Language (Archive Books, forthcoming). She is part of the Theory faculty at the Dutch Art Institute, a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University and the University of Brighton, and has taught at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Central Saint Martins, and Goldsmiths.