Recherchen abseits des Nationalstaatensystems
100 Years of Now Library
Editors: Katrin Klingan, Nanna Heidenreich and Rana Dasgupta
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin, 2020
246 pages, German
Price: 18 €
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The publication brings the nation state as the only possible political system today into question. Beginning by asking about options available that go beyond national structures, the book analyzes the structural foundations of the nation-state system and seeks out political and aesthetic strategies to expose its failures in key issues. The volume is arranged using two metaphors: sand and sea. The materiality of sand represents the pathological state of nationally defined territories and global capitalism. By way of contrast, the sea expresses fluid visions and conveys messages of political alternatives. The meeting of sand and sea allows for “tidal thinking” – a rhythmic exchange that transforms contours and categories, thus opening up new possibilities for the future.