Magazine, English, Staple Binding, 8 Pages, 2010, ISBN 978-0-9791377-5-4
Journal of Aesthetics & Protest No. Seven
Times are tough for publishing books and periodicals in the U.S. Hell, it is tough for most people in general. We are happy that the folks at the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest didn't let the deplorable conditions, of our economy and country, keep them from printing a new issue of their magazine! Though this is their thinnest volume to date, and a dramatic change in format, the result is concentrated, and high-impact. Everything is streamlined including the design, by Jessica Fleischmann, which is really sharp.
by The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Editorial Collective (Marc Herbst, Robby Herbst, Christina Ulke)
We feel it is important to list things we are suspect of at this moment. The current system of precarious labor (contract work, creative work, temp jobs) sucks and we partially asked for it. Art is often used as a gentrifier and often generates more social inequality than resistance. And we think that resistance, when seen as semiotic, is not transferable between contexts- though resistance used as a marketing tool is. We are suspect in the fact that "art" and "creativity" are now ubiquitous and a part of our daily life, though it doesn't feel like what the Dadaists and the Situationists were after. It often feels like a wet sock.