Lies, Lawlessness and Disbelief 2: An Attempt at Thinking Art and Capital: Unknown Unknowns

Posted by marc garrett | Fri May 4th 2012 6:12 a.m.

Lies, Lawlessness and Disbelief 2: An Attempt at Thinking Art and Capital: Unknown Unknowns

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By Katie McCain.

Lies, Lawlessness and Disbelief 2: An Attempt at Thinking Art and Capital: Unknown Unknowns, is the second of five essays by Canadian artist & critical thinker, Katie McCain. McCain discusses how capitalism has become on the one hand all encompassing and on the other utterly unreal. Arguing that we need to be prepared to think the impossible so that resistance is able to grow.

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/articles/lies-lawlessness-and-disbelief-2

"Unknown unknowns are intrinsic to this conceptual, contemporary capitalism, and operate as the risk that can eventually cause a system to fail. Failure emerges from the unprecedented, from the unthinkable, from the things you do not know you do not know.[1] Instead of attempting to predict these events for market gains, what would it mean to merely acknowledge the paradoxical nature of thinking the unthinkable? 'Unthinkable' operates as the other to any thought capacity, and in an attempt to access this impossible, it would be possible to access a non-knowledge, something on the edge of logic, of research, of ideas."

Katie McCain is a Canadian artist based in Berlin. She received her BFA from Concordia University and her MFA from Glasgow School of Art. Her work has been shown internationally, including shows in Montreal, Glasgow and Berlin.
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