Mar­co Fusina­to: Let’s Destroy Work

Schwartz City

Release date: 31 Oct 2014
Paper­back ISBN: 9781863956888
Imprint: Schwartz City
For­mat: Hard Back
Size: 240mm x 300mm
Extent: 260pp

Let’s Destroy Work is the first major mono­graph on Mar­co Fusina­to, pub­lished on the occa­sion of his pre­sen­ta­tion at the 2015 Venice Bien­nale All the World’s Futures. Fusinato’s polit­i­cal­ly dri­ven work is realised with an inten­si­ty and exper­i­men­tal­ism that has made him one of Australia’s most out­stand­ing con­tem­po­rary artists. A com­pre­hen­sive overview of the past two decades of Fusinato’s projects in art and music, this mono­graph fea­tures projects such as FREE (1998 – 2004), a series of guer­ril­la per­for­mances in unsus­pect­ing music stores around the world; Mass Black Implo­sion (2007 – ) an ongo­ing series of propo­si­tion­al scores; Aether­ic Plexus (2009 – 2013), a view­er-trig­gered instal­la­tion of white noise and white light; and TM/MF(2000), a col­lab­o­ra­tive project with Thurston Moore.

Con­tribut­ing to the dis­cus­sion around Fusinato’s work, the book also includes new writ­ing by Bran­den W. Joseph, Pro­fes­sor in Art His­to­ry at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, a text by US-based music crit­ic Byron Coley, and essays from insur­rec­tion­al anar­chist writer Alfre­do M. Bonanno’s Let’s Destroy Work, Let’s Destroy the Econ­o­my. The book is rich in both colour and mono illus­tra­tions of Fusinato’s works, and a selec­tion of ref­er­ence images.

Mar­co Fusinato’s prac­tice ref­er­ences the rhetoric of rad­i­cal pol­i­tics (its ambi­tions and fail­ures), noise as music and the con­di­tions and con­ven­tions of con­cep­tu­al art. Through wide-rang­ing forms of work in gallery con­texts and per­for­mances, he fore­grounds moments of dis­rup­tion and impact in which lie the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a shift in per­cep­tion or change in the course of events. Fusina­to per­forms reg­u­lar­ly in the inter­na­tion­al exper­i­men­tal music under­ground, oblit­er­at­ing the gui­tar into impro­vised noise-spit tsunamis.