Pro+agonist: The Art of Opposition
A book and set of playing cards that embrace "productive friction."
Editor/Designer: Marisa Jahn
Contributors: Anjum Asharia,
John Seely Brown,
D. Graham Burnett,
About the Book and Playing Cards
Pro+agonist: The Art of Opposition is a book and set of playing cards that explore the productive possibilities of 'agonism,' or a relationship built on mutual incitement and struggle. Designed in black and blue — the colors of a good bruise — Pro+agonist brings together writings by interdisciplinary artists, scientists, CEO's, crackpots, war strategists, psychotherapists, and philosophers who raise questions about the importance of political dissent, the function of discord in discourse, the rules of escalating conflict, the roles of parasites within systems, the ins and outs of concord and congress, and more. The book's introduction, written as a disagreement between a cast of fictional characters, is (arguably) more stimulating than if it were written from a single, unified perspective. Readers will emerge with a greater appreciation for duking it out and taking it to the streets. p.s. - There's a half-inch hole running through the center of both the book and the playing cards so that you can peek through, frame the Other, and keep them with you as you read along.
In New York City (10/10/2012): Cooper Union
Cornel West, scholar, author, and activist
D. Graham Burnett, author and Professor, Princeton University.
PresentersSaskia Bos, Curator, Art Historian, Critic; Dean, The School of Art at The Cooper Union
Marisa Jahn, Artist, Editor of 'Pro+Agonist,' and Executive Director of REV-
McKenzie Wark, new media theorist
Carl DiSalvo, author of 'Adversarial Design'
Jill Magid, artist, writer, and Professor, The Cooper Union
Cristina Goberna and Urtzi Grau, Principals, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism
Mendi+Keith Obadike, artists/poets
In Minneapolis at The Walker Art Center (4/13/12)
'Pro+agonist' first launched as a literary companion to the three day symposium entitled "Discourse and Discord: Architecture of Agonism from the Kitchen Table to the City Street" co-presented by Northern Lights.mn and The Walker Center. Other presenters at the symposium include: Steve Dietz, Carl DiSalvo, Ashley Duffalo, Mark Shepard, Warren Sack, Krzysztof Wodiczko, John Rajchman, and the Prairie Lady Fire Choir.
CLIENT/COMMISSION : Walker Art Center, Northern Lights.mn
DATE : 2012-2013
BUY :Printed Matter (NYC)
ISBN : 9780985185305
LAUNCH : Walker Art Center, Cooper Union
TAGS : Design/Communications