The Contemporary Condition Books

The Contemporary Condition book series offers a sustained inquiry into the contemporary condition from a range of perspectives by key commentators who investigate contemporaneity as a defining condition of our historical present. Contemporaneity refers to the temporal complexity that follows from the coming together in the same cultural space of heterogeneous clusters generated along different historical trajectories, across different scales, and in different localities. With the overall aim of questioning the formation of subjectivity in time and the concept of temporality in the world now, it is a basic assumption that art can operate as an advanced laboratory for investigating processes of meaning-making and for understanding wider developments within culture and society. The series identifies three broad lines of inquiry for investigation: the issue of temporality, the role of contemporary media and computational technologies, and how artistic practice makes epistemic claims.


Book title: The Contemporary Condition (The Contemporary Condition series 01)
Subtitle: Introductory Thoughts on Contemporaneity and Contemporary Art
Author: Geoff Cox & Jacob Lund
Designer: Dexter Sinister
Language: English
Release date (month/year): 10/2016
Book dimensions (height x width) in cm: 190 x 120 mm
Number of pages: 48
Number of b/w illustrations: 2
Binding: Stitched
Retail price/€: 8.00
Published by Sternberg Press, in partnership with Aarhus University and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

What do we mean when we say that something is contemporary? And what should the designator “contemporary art” refer to? An immediate response would be that contemporary art is an art of the present, that it somehow addresses and expresses the present. But what is this present? What constitutes the present present or the contemporary contemporary? This first book in the Contemporary Condition series introduces some of the key issues concerning contemporaneity as a defining condition of our historical present. It thus acts as an extended preface to the series as a whole calling for a rethinking of the deep structures of temporalization that render our present the way it is.

For other books in the series, see

The books are also distributed by MIT Press.