Plastique Fantastique Review of the Kibbo Kift: Seven Celebrations/Seven Critiques/Seven Parallels

O'Sullivan, Simon D. and Burrows, David. 2016. Plastique Fantastique Review of the Kibbo Kift: Seven Celebrations/Seven Critiques/Seven Parallels. Visual Culture in Britain, 17(2), pp. 225-233. ISSN 1471-4787 [Article]

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Having visited the exhibition Intellectual Barbarians: The Kibbo Kift Kindred (which we applaud), and read the accompanying book The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians (well put together, informative and instructive), we would want to assert that the Kibbo Kift (KK) is not over, nor, indeed, can be understood as simply an historical phenomena. Rather, this other mode of existence is operative within the present as a past that offers a different future (that is to say, we see the KK as a contemporary resource). In addressing this living archive, we would want to foreground certain aspects of the ‘kin’ under these headings: ‘Seven Celebrations’: of what, it seems to us (as a performance fiction ourselves), is most crucial about the KK; ‘Seven Critiques’: in terms of what, it seems to us, were wrong turns or are characteristics worth correcting (our criticisms may seem harsh given the kin’s apparent location within a specific period of twentieth century history, but then, again, we approach them (no doubt as they would want) as an always present possibility; and ‘Seven Parallels’: in which we reflect on the lessons of the KK for ourselves and perhaps for so-called expanded art practice more generally (especially when it is collaborative and performative).

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28 June 2016Accepted
2 August 2016Published Online

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