Sanity Assassin charts a new body of
work initiated by artist Amanda Beech. As part of her ongoing
investigations into the forceful rhetoric played out within neo-liberal
narratives of freedom in philosophy, politics, literature and popular
culture, the artist has shifted her focus to the archetypal neo-liberal
power base of Los Angeles. Researching on location, Beech has examined
the city's historic and contemporary hegemonic narratives, the
ideologies that have produced them and their current condition; an
ethics of violence underscored as territorialisation, security and
protection. The work explores these themes through the prism of the
'realism' of LA architectural photographer Julius Shulman, and the
figure of reason between Adorno and Horkheimer's Dialectic of Enlightenment and Adorno's tortured Dream Notes dating from his period of exile in LA.
acts as a reader for a project that also exists in another form, as an
eponymous three-channel video installation with a sculptural element.
This book, published to coincide with the first showing of this work at
Spike Island, Bristol in 2010, articulates a narrative through the art
work in its research, construction and conclusion, with three informal
parts bringing the images, texts and ideas through which the work was
developed together with new points of discussion and reflection on the
work's subject matter and contexts.
well as research images and stills from the video work, the book
includes two extended discussions between Beech and artist and writer
Jaspar Joseph-Lester, and texts by Suhail Malik, Ray Brassier and Robin
Beech's interest in the conventions of reason, the
form and affect of false and ideal realisms, and the structures of
ontological formations, are evident throughout the work as well as in
the various inquiries within this book. Sanity Assassin thus
explores what the artist terms 'exclusion as power', acknowledging that
the paradigm of security manifest in LA's architecture and its cinematic
counterpoints is also alive and well in that other realm of the image,
the art world.
Published by Urbanomic; limited edition of 300. Hardcover: 128 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 0955308763 ISBN-13: 978-0955308765