The texts and artist project in the present issue refl ect on the relationship between aesthetics and social constructivism, or the appearance and elaboration of new forms of social and political organization. Taken together, they represent something of a departure from the kinds of historical—often institutional and archival—reconstructions that we often publish, by considering the names and visual forms of still inexistent modes of political subjectivity. At the risk of making an overly broad generalization, we might say that rather than interrogating the relationship between formal conventions and institutional norms within the context of really existing socialism or third-world internationalism, the present issue of the journal looks, in Fredric Jameson’s words, for “a yet undreamed of global communism” in the discursive and visual semblance of the present.
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