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On Conditions
Marina Vishmidt 


The Video is available in English

The American author and critic Marina Vishmidt deals with the tension between art, value and labor from a (post-) marxist perspective. She considers the so-called cultural industry as a driving economic force and examines the increasing expansion of the logic of the financial market and its influence on artistic production. Ultimately, her research also involves an examination of the autonomy of art, which raises questions about capitalist value creation, about creativity as ideology, and about social crises and precarity. To what extent is collective action also made more difficult in an industry driven by personal branding? 

Marina Vishmidt’s online lecture sheds light on her engagement with conceptual art, which she examines in terms of its production contexts and value around the notion of labor.


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Marina Vishmidt


is an American writer, editor, and critic. She is a lecturer at the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London and teaches art theory at the Netherlands Art Institute in Arnhem. Her work is primarily concerned with the connection between art, value, and labor, focusing on the increasing dissolution of international financial markets and their influence on subjectivation in the artistic field. Vishmidt publishes in various magazines and journals such as Mute, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, Ephemera, Kaleidoscope and OPEN! She is on the editorial board of the book series New Perspectives on the Critical Theory of Society (Bloomsbury Academic) and the journal South as a State of Mind. Recent publications include: Speculation as a Mode of Production: Forms of Value Subjectivity in Art and Capital (2018), Reproducing Autonomy: Work, Money, Crisis and Contemporary Art (2016).

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