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***Existential*** issue FGA#35

What this new issue is about:
Today existentialist values have become popular values. We all must live an authentic life. In that respect existentialism has penetrated deeply into our culture. At the heart is a simple plea to take responsibility for our lives and it is up to us to create meaning. ‘You are free, therefore choose, that is to say, invent!’ Sartre says. We are what we make of ourselves and we cannot abdicate this responsibility and leave it to an authority. That’s a heavy load, which people are eager to escape.
Existentialism says all human interaction is conflict, and we are lonely, competitive individuals. But it is also a freedom philosophy, a narrative of agency, emancipation and responsibility. It influenced every single one of us through cinema, literature, and art. How free are we really as artists and what is our project in life? You are not born an artist, you have to become one, you have to invent. But if our purpose in life is to have our unique individual project, how can we engage with others and transform what is so personal and subjective into something magical that lifts everyone?

Upcoming events:
9/10/11 September we are at WIELS Art Book Fair, Brussels.
9 October Official book launch at *KURATOR, Rapperswil (CH) with a special reading by Jan Verwoert.
25/26 November VOLUMES 2016! independent publishing fair, Zurich (CH).
9/10/11 December Friends with Books: Art Books Fair Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin.

Fucking Good Art is a travelling magazine or editorial project for research in-and-through art by Dutch artists and non-academic free-style researchers Robert Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma. Fields of interest are: oral history, anthropology, documentary, investigative art and journalism, counter-cultures, anarchism, self-organisation and DIT do-it-together strategies, and models outside the art market.

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is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at www.fuckinggoodart.nl.


Conversations with:
Ger Groot, Dutch philosopher and writer. He wrote and performed two ambitious eight-hour-long lecture series: The Human Tone, an overview of philosophical ideas that have shaped the modern individual, and Modern French Philosophers. Both lectures formed the basis for our conversation.
Alana Jelinek, Australian artist and writer of the book This is Not Art: Activism and Other "Not-Art".
Alexandra Blättler, Swiss art historian and curator of the exhibition series New Existentialism. This new issue of FGA is made as part 7 of this series.

Essay by:
Jan Verwoert, German musician, critic, writer and lecturer on cultural theory. He explores how "a masculinist deat cult" could travel so smoothly into the present, and proposes an existentialism of life and new beginnings.

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MUHKA bookshop

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CAN, Centre d'Art Neuchatel

New York
Printed Matter

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Boijmans van Beuningen bookshop
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Walgenbach Art+Books

OOR: One's Own Room (Art Books+Record Store)

Language: German / English
Pages: 192
Size: 11 x 18 cm.
Weight: 145 gr
Binding: Softcover/paperback

Editors: Rob Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma
Commissioning editors: Alexandra Blättler and Christa Gebert (Gebert Stiftung für Kultur)
Publisher: edition fink, Zurich
Typesetting and design: Nienke Terpsma
Corrections: Georg Rutishauser

Date of publishing: September 2016
ISBN: 978-3-03746-201-0
ISSN: 1874-0227

FGA#35 was made possible with the generous support of: Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Credit Suisse Rapperswil, CBK Rotterdam, Mondriaan Fund Amsterdam, Stadt Rapperswil-Jona, Kulturförderung Kanton St. Gallen, Swisslos, and Avina-Stiftung.

This publication appears as Part 7 of the series New Existentialism, an exhibition project by Alexandra Blättler in the context of the *KURATOR fellowship hosted by Gebert Stiftung für Kultur.

©2016 Fucking Good Art and the authors, Gebert Stiftung für Kultur and edition fink, Zurich



Fucking Good Art: Rotterdam | Berlin | Zurich
Artists/editors: Robert Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma, always working with a changing collective of makers and thinkers.

Fucking Good Art is a travelling artists’ magazine or editorial project for research in-and-through art by Dutch artists and non-academic free-style researchers Robert Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma.

The first issue was published in December 2003.
English translation and copy editing – Gerard Forde
Webdesign: catalogtree.net
Co-publishers: edition fink, post editions, and NERO
Distribution always through Motto Berlin and FGA, and available in bookshops around the world, or order via our website.

FGA is supported by Mondriaan Fund Amsterdam: NT with a base grant and RH with a grant proven talent.