No we can’t: consensual sovereignty and contemporary art

Phillips, Andrea. 2009. 'No we can’t: consensual sovereignty and contemporary art'. In: Sommerakademie 2009: Internal Necessity. Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland 4 - 13 Aug 2009. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Cornelius Cardew, celebrated avantgarde composer turned co-founder of the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), gave up on what he began to recognize as ʻbourgeoisʼ post-serialist abstraction and turned instead to the production of popular and lyrical songwriting, performing at rallies and demonstrations on the back of lorries with a group of equally committed musicians. The author of Stockhausen Serves Imperialism (1974) leaves contemporary accountants of his life and work in a quandary: how to recognize the opus of a man whose most important gesture, made explicitly through his work, was to give up?

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Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)



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Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

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4 - 13 Aug 2009

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Date Deposited:

20 Nov 2009 16:01

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07 Dec 2012 12:52


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