Brian Holmes presents a lecture based on “Decipher the Future,” the final chapter from his latest book, Escape the Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society (2009).
Several of his books will be available from Half Letter Press during the event.
Holmes is a freelance art and cultural critic who lives in Paris and Chicago. In 1997, he was the English editor of publications for Documenta X, and in subsequent years he took part in the counter-globalization movements while collaborating with activist-artists such as Ne Pas Plier, Bureau d'études, Makrolab, Hackitectura, and most recently, the 16 Beaver Group. He is a contributor to many journals, magazines, and web venues, including Nettime, Multitudes, Springerin, and Open, and he lectures in self-organized spaces, museums, and universities. His essays have been gathered into three anthologies: Hieroglyphs of the Future: Art and Politics in a Networked Era (Zagreb: WHW, 2002); Unleashing the Collective Phantoms: Essays in Reverse Imagineering (New York: Autonomedia, 2007); and Escape The Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society (Eindhoven and Zagreb: Vanabbemuseum/WHW, 2009). He holds a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley and was awarded the Vilém Flusser Prize for Theory at Transmediale in Berlin in 2009.
His text archive can be found at brianholmes.wordpress.com.