Conversation in the context of the Venice Biennale

artgenève and Spike present

Resistance and the digital sublime
Tom McCarthy in conversation with Nicolas Bourriaud

Spike Art Quarterly and artgenève are hosting a reading by award-winning author Tom McCarthy, followed by a discussion with curator Nicolas Bourriaud, moderated by Spike’s editor-at-large Alex Scrimgeour.

With his new novel Satin Island, McCarthy carries his longstanding preoccupation with media, power and inauthenticity into the digital age. With its “corporate anthropologist” (anti-)hero U., a 21st-century Man Without Qualities, the book explores the absorption of cultural networks by those of capital; the ethical and political quandaries facing creative agents of all types; and the near-impossibility of mapping or “rendering” (from within or – out) the contemporary landscape, let alone of reshaping or transforming it.

The reading from Satin Island is accompanied by a conversation with Nicolas Bourriaud, in which the two thinkers discuss the potential and the limits of artistic and literary attempts to analyze or contest the contemporary condition. Are we seeing glimpses of a new digital sublime that is forming a new horizon for current art and writing?
What forms of resistance are still possible, necessary, or desirable?