Here is a selection of articles in a few thematic clusters. These may overlap with book projects, but they can also traverse different books.  I will link to online texts whenever they’re not behind a paywall, and otherwise post PDF or Word files. The print versions may differ from these files in details.


Forms of Abstraction

Note: Most of these texts are from the context of work in progress that has gone through a few mutations in the course of the years, but that is now nearing it definitive form as a two-parter under the overarching title Forms of Abstraction. The first volume is to be titled Objections, and the second Personafications.  The two oldest texts here are from the context of my 2009 book Idols of the Market.

Shattered Matter, Transformed Forms: Notes on Nuclear Aesthetics, Part 2 (e-flux journal no. 96, January 2019)

-Shattered Matter, Transformed Forms: Notes on Nuclear Aesthetics, Part 1 (e-flux journal no. 94, November 2018)

-Filming Capital: On Cinemarxism in the Twenty-first Century (from Samir Gandesha and Johan Hartle, Aesthetic Marx, London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2017)

-The Juridical Economy (New Left Review no. 106, July-August 2017)

-The Coming Exception: Art and the Crisis of Value  (New Left Review no. 99, May-June 2016).

-Personafication (New Left Review no. 96, November-December 2015)

-Abstract Habitats: Installations of Coexistence and Coevolution (Grey Room no. 59, Spring 2015).

-Shine and Schein (e-flux journal no. 61, January 2015)

-Concrete Abstraction – Our Common World (Open!, January 2015)

-Research Objectives (Texte zur Kunst no. 90, June 2013)

-Inside abstraction  (e-flux journal no. 38, October 2012)

-The Imaginary Museum of Plaster Casts (Kunstverein München newsletter/catalogue, 2012)

-Secrets of the See-Through Factory (Open no. 22, 2011)

-Art and Thingness (e-flux journal nos. 13, 15, 16, 2010)

-Viewing Copies (e-flux journal no. 8, September 2009)

-Atttending to Abstract Things (New Left Review no. 54, November-December 2008)

Living with Abstraction (Texte zur Kunst no. 69, March 2008)


Aesthetic Activism

Note: Many of these texts are related to my 2016 book Cultural Revolution: Aesthetic Practice after Autonomy.

-Council Aestheticsm? Pannekoek, the Avant-Garde and Contemporaray Art (Studi di estetica XLVI, no. 3, 2018)

-The Powers of the False (Texte zur Kunst no. 105, March 2017)

-Who Makes the Nazis (e-flux journal no. 76, October 2016)

-Neither Autocracy nor Automatism: Notes on Autonomy and the Aesthetic (e-flux journal no. 69, January 2016)

-Posthuman Prehistory (Third Text 29, no. 6, 2015)

-Apocalypse (Not) Now (Nordic Journal of Aesthetics no. 49-50, 2015)

-Social Media: Practices of (In)Visibility in Contemporary Art (Afterall no. 40, 2015).

-Autonomy as Aesthetic Practice (Theory, Culture & Society 31, no. 7-8, 2014)

-Cultural Revolution (New Left Review no. 85, May-June 2014)

-Liberation through Laziness (Mousse no. 42, February 2014)

-Piet Zwart & Zwarte Piet (from Jelle Bouwhuis and Kerstin Winking, eds., Project 1975: Contemporary Art and the Postcolonial Unconscious, Amsterdam/London: SMBA/Black Dog Publishing, 2014)

-World History and Earth Art (e-flux journal no. 49, November 2013)

-Mutations and Misunderstandings (Third Text, January 2013)

-Autonomy after the Fact (Open no. 23, 2012)

-A Heteronomous Hobby (e-flux journal no 22, January 2011)


Time, Moving Images and Performance

Note: Most of these article are related to my 2013 book History in Motion.

-Dance Factory (Mousse no. 50, October 2015).

-Performance Art after TV (New Left Review no. 80, March-April 2013)

-Autonomous Symptoms in a Collapsing Economy of Time (from the catalogue Keine Zeit/Busy. Vienna: 21er Haus, 2012)

-General performance (e-flux journal no. 31, January 2012)

-Transforming Time (Grey Room no. 41, Fall 2010)

-Playtimes (New Left Review no. 66, November-December 2010)

-Acts in the Age of Virtuoso Performance (Texte zur Kunst no. 79, September 2010)

-Progressive Striptease (from Secret Publicity, 2006)

-An Arena in Which to Reenact (from Life, Once More: Forms of Reenactment in Contemporary Art, Rotterdam: Witte de With, 2005)


Myth, Monotheism and Iconoclasm

-Monotheism à la Mode (from Alexander Dumbadze and Susanne Hudson, eds., Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present, Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)

-From one Spectacle to Another (Grey Room no. 32, Summer 2008)

-Performing the Veil (Springerin no. 4, 2008)

-Gert Jan Kocken: The Art of Iconoclasm (SMBA Newsletter no. 100, 2008)

-“Keep Your Distance”: Aby Warburg on Myth and Modern Art (Oxford Art Journal 25, no. 1, 2005)

-After the Gods (New Left Review no. 30, November-December 2004)


Monographic Essays

-Modernist Memories: On the Contemporaneity of Günther Förg (Texte zur Kunst no. 108, December 2017)

-Andrea Fraser: Institutional Analysis (from Sabine Breitwieser, ed., Andrea Fraser, Salzburg/Ostfildern: Museum der Moderne/Hatje Cantz, 2015)

-Hito Steyerl: Postcinematic Essays After the Future (from Nick Aikens, ed., Too Much World: The Films of Hito Steyerl, Eindhoven/Berlin: Van Abbemuseum/Sternberg Press, 2014)

-Paul Chan’s Book Club (from Paul Chan, New New Testament, New York: Badlands Unlimited, 2014)

-“Not Stone”: Acting in and with Louise Lawler’s Pictures (from the catalog Louise Lawler: Adjusted, Cologne/Munich: Museum Ludwig/Prestel, 2013)

-Interzone: On Three Works by Wendelien van Oldenborgh (Afterall no. 29, Spring 2012)

-Performing Photography after Film (from Stan Douglas: Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971, Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011)

-Gerard Byrne’s Talking Pictures (published in Witte de With’s 2010 book Cornerstones and in Gerard Byrne: Images or Shadows, Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2011)

-(Stop) Making Sense (published in Monika Szewcyk, ed., Meaning Liam Gillick, Rotterdam/Berlin: Witte de With/Sternberg Press, 2009)

-The Story of Art According to Jeff Wall (from my book Secret Publicity, 2006)



-Actors and Directors: Milo Rau’s Congo Tribunal (Texte zur Kunst online, May 2018)

-Returns of the Stone Age: Kunst der Vorzeit and Allegory of the Cave Painting (Texte zur Kunst  no. 102 (June 2016).

-Taking Potshots at Labour: Ehmann & Farocki’s Labour in a Single Shot (Mute, May 2015)

-Cleves and Tartars: Beuys Biography (Texte zur Kunst no. 92, December 2013)

-Dialectic of Dionysos: Asger Jorn’s Writings (New Left Review no. 76, July-August 2012)

-Let’s Fake History: Berlin Biennale 2012 (Texte zur Kunst no. 86, June 2012)

-A Museum of Monologues in the Vicinity of Art: Falke Pisano (Texte zur Kunst no. 80, December 2010)



-National Customs (Texte zur Kunst no. 101, March 2016)

-Falling Apart, Together (Texte zur Kunst no. 100, December 2015).

-A Tale of Two Criticisms (from Jeff Khonsary and Melanie O’Brian, eds., Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism, Vancouver: Fillip Editions, 2010)