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Title Mark Lombardi's "Narrative Structures": The Visibility of the Network and the New Global Order
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Degree MA
Discipline/Department Art History (Fine Arts)
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher Ohio University
Abstract During the period of 1994-2000, Mark Lombardi (1951-2000) created a series of drawings titled Narrative Structures, which depict the analysis of spatial relationships through a multiplicity of lines that interconnect formally on paper. The artist constructed graphite webs that visualize hidden multinational connections of powerful individuals, worldwide corporations and government institutions. This thesis argues that in order to understand how Lombardi’s series of drawings function as a web or network, they must be productively understood in relation to the new global power system or Empire, a concept American literary and political philosopher Michael Hardt and Italian sociologist and political philosopher Antonio Negri elaborate upon in their texts Empire (2000) and Multitude (2004). Such an analysis reveals how Lombardi’s Narrative Structures and Hardt and Negri’s projects are analogous in the ways in which they seek to reformulate information as a tool for understanding and visualizing the connections of the global power system.
Subjects/Keywords Art History; Mark Lombardi; Narrative Structures; Network; Antonio Negri; Michael Hardt; Empire; Multitude; Drawing; New global order system; Diagram
Contributors Frohne, Andrea (Committee Chair)
Language en
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Country of Publication us
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Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:ohiou1338559899
Repository ohiolink
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2020-10-19
Grantor Ohio University

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…how these drawings function as a web or network, they must be productively understood in relation to the new global power system, or Empire, a concept that Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri elaborate in their texts Empire (2000) and Multitude…

…Roberto Calvi ca. 1959-82 (5th version), World Finance Corporation and Associates, ca. 1970-84: Miami, Ajman, 1 Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Empire (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000), xiixiii. 10 and Bogota Caracas…

…x28;2004). The concept of Empire represents a new form of sovereignty that is developed through the flows of deterritorializing nation states and reterritorializing as global capital.1 This thesis analyzes how Lombardi’s Narrative Structures and Hardt

…fill the index cards. In order to understand how the drawings in the series Narrative Structures extend beyond the surface to embody current relationships and transformations in society, I utilize American literary and political philosopher Michael

Hardt and Italian sociologist and political philosopher Antonio Negri’s co-authored projects Empire (2000) and Multitude (2004). The global power system, or Empire, is itself a network, “Empire manages hybrid identities, flexible…

…hierarchies, and plural exchanges through modulating networks of command.”11 Hardt and Negri argue that this network structure of power is united under a singular logic, which is to maintain order and sovereignty in the global 9 Hobbs, Global Networks, 16…

…Ibid, 16. 11 Hardt and Negri, Empire, xi-xii. 10 15 capitalist economy.12 Imperialism is over; there no longer is a center for sovereign power in our contemporaneity. The new global order is borderless, with decentralized mechanisms, making and…

…differentiate these concepts from previous economic discourse, such as world system theory, in order to understand why Hardt and Negri identify their projects as “new” and how society is now in a network form. Hardt and Negri argue that Empire is the “sovereign…

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