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Tactical Response: Art in an Age of Terror

(limited print edition of 500 copies)

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Book Launch at LMAK Projects

Tactical Response: Art in an Age of Terror was launched at LMAK Projects in the Lower East Side of New York City on November 20, 2014, while an exhibition of works by artist (and Tactical Response book designer) Nayda Collazo-Llorens was on display in the gallery (see the News page). Aside from being available from this website, Tactical Response is sold at LMAK Projects on the LES, Artist Space Books in Tribeca, and 192 BOOKS in Chelsea. It is now on the shelves of Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn!

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Tactical Response: Art in an Age of Terror explores the intricate relationship between representation and real life, particularly as regards art’s effectiveness in articulating conditions of atrocity. Tactical Response investigates works by Hans Haacke, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Alfredo Jaar to consider representation as – what Jean-Luc Nancy calls – a presence. While these artists do not document war, terror, and atrocity, they speak to the conditions of its existence and the impact of its experience, offering a vantage point from which viewers can critically address causes, consequences, and representations of suffering. Viewed together, their work succeeds in exposing the legitimacy of their subjects’ demand for attention. Haacke, Wodiczko, and Jaar affirm the value of representation by placing us face-to-face not with horror but with making a difference.

By including lengthy interviews with the artists, the author forms a partnership between artistic intent and critical analysis, one that expands the potential of connections between artistic praxis, subjective experience, and political will. These three seminal figures of radical art whose works – while decidedly individual, share a kind of dialogue – are presented here together in a single volume, creating through comparison a rare perspective, and one vital to any understanding of the development and relevance of artistic methodologies that form the basis of critical and ethical art practices today.

Designed by artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens, the book integrates illustrations and text in a striking visual layout that reflects both a complex and an accessible engagement with the subject.

About the Author

Kathleen MacQueen is the author of “Shifting Connections,” an online column on contemporary art. She is a frequent contributor of essays, interviews, and reviews to Afterimage, Flash Art, BOMB Daily, The Art Book, Seachange Journal, Art Criticism, and the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. Her conversation with the South African photographer Jo Ractliffe is featured in Über(W)unden: Art in Troubled Times (Goethe Institute and Jacana, 2012). She has a Doctorate in Art History and Criticism along with a Certificate in Cultural Studies, both from Stony Brook University. Tactical Response: Art in an Age of Terror is her first monograph. Kathleen MacQueen lives in New York.