"Third Text" is a journal on art in global context. Challenging received notions of art practice, art history, popular media and cultural theory, "Third Text" has never been content to accept the claims of anti-racism, multiculturalism or postcoloniality. It has championed new artists from five continents, and is designed to raise the critical temperature and the political stakes for art and cultural practice in the age of globalization. This reader brings together essays by critics in global art and cultural studies, but also writings by new voices which emerged in the last decades of the 20th century. Divided into sections - history, representation, identity, film, "post" theory, globalization - the reader is aimed at students and teachers of art, cultural studies, media studies, postcolonialism and globalisation.
Table of Contents
Prologue - in the beginning - "Third Text" and the politics of art, Sean Cubitt. Part 1 History: introduction, Ziauddin Sardar; contemporary cultural practice - some polemical categories, Geeta Kapur; Latin American origins of "alternative modernism", David Craven; reverse appropriation as nationalism in Early Modern African art, Olu Oguibe; displaying authenticity and progress, Johan Lagae; colonial/postcolonial intersections, Zeynap Celik; whose heritage? un-settling "the heritage", re-imagining the post-nation, Stuart Hall. Part 2 Representation: introduction, Annie Coombes; discovering the European wild man, Roger Bartra; "cowboys and - ", Jimmie Durham; ethnicity and internationality - new British art and diaspora-based blackness, Kobena Mercer; art as ethnocide - the case of Australia, Anne-Marie Willis and Tony Fry. Part 3 identity: introduction, Jurella Andrews; identity - reality or fiction?; identity and myth today, Ticio Escobar; the voice of a Palestinian in exile, Edward Said; the others - beyond the salvage paradigm, James Clifford; restless hybrids, Nikos Papastergiadis. Part 4 Film: introduction, Merryl Wyn Davies; dancing with words and speaking with forked tongues, Jean Fisher; Walt Disney and the double victimization of Pocahontas, Ziauddin Sardar; directing the real - "Orapronobis" and Philippine totalitarianism, Jonathan L. Beller; the critical practice and dialectics of third cinema, Michael Wayne. Part 5 Post theory: introduction, Jorella Andrews; queries for postcolonial studies, Ihab Hassan; signs of our times - discussion of Homi Bhabha's "the location of culture", Benita Parry; the failure of postmodernity - how Africa misunderstood the West, Denis Ekpo; the Marco Polo syndrome, Gerado Mosquera. Part 6 Globalization: introduction, Julian Stallabrass; scene and obscene, Zygmunt Bauman; the "new Asian" museums in the age of globalization, Rustom Bharucha; cybersublime - representing the unrepresentable in digital art and politics, John Byrne; against the double blackmail, Slavoj Zizek; obscene from any angle, George Ritzer. Epilogue - a new beginning - beyond postcolonial cultural theory and identity politics, Rasheed Araeen.
Edited by Ziauddin Sardar, City University, Sean Cubitt, University of Waikato, and Rasheed Araeen, editor of Third Text.