Cultural critic Brian Holmes presents a talk entitled “Tactical Media in the Neoliberal Era: The Helicopter View,” in connection with the Critical Art Ensemble’s Keep Hope Alive Block Party and Acceptable Losses. Holmes presents an overview of four different fields of contemporary political engagement, arguing that the key contribution of the Critical Art Ensemble has been an unflinching theoretical confrontation with the global scale of “pancapitalism.”
Brian Holmes was born in San Francisco in 1959 and lives in Chicago. With Claire Pentecost and the 16 Beaver Group he co-organized the Continental Drift seminars (2005–11). He is a member of the Compass group, exploring the “Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor,” and of the Technopolitics group, with Armin Medosh and others. His recent books include Escape the Overcode (2009) and Unleashing the Collective Phantoms (2008). He also wrote the foreward for Critical Art Ensemble: Disturbances (LONDON, FOUR CORNERS BOOKS, 2012).