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What we want is free : generosity and exchange in recent art

Author: Ted Purves
Publisher: Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, ©2005.
Series: SUNY series in postmodern culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Through a variety of lenses, this book examines contemporary artists' use of the "gift"--The distribution of goods and services - as a medium for artistic production. Featuring a detailed survey of over fifty artists' projects from fifteen countries, What We Want Is Free explores how these artists use their projects to connect participants to tangible goods and services that they might need, enjoy, and benefit  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ted Purves
ISBN: 0791462900 9780791462904 0791462897 9780791462898
OCLC Number: 56334179
Description: xii, 184 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Reciprocal generosity / Mary Jane Jacob --
Sure, everyone might be an artist ... but only one artist gets to be the guy who says that everyone else is an artist / Bill Arning --
Lunch hour: art, community, administrated space, and unproductive activity / Kate Fowle and Lars Bang Larsen --
Blows against the empire / Ted Purves --
Four projects / Jörgen Svensson --
A given / Ben Kinmont --
How do you pin a wave upon the sand? An interview with Cesare Pietroiusti / Shane Aslan Selzer --
A call for sociality / Jeanne van Heeswijk --
Introductory remarks on the handbook / Ted Purves --
Project histories / edited by Jessica Ingram [and others] --
Exchange --
the "other" social sculpture / Francis McIlveen.
Series Title: SUNY series in postmodern culture.
Responsibility: edited by Ted Purves.

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"Through a variety of lenses, this book examines contemporary artists' use of the "gift"--The distribution of goods and services - as a medium for artistic production. Featuring a detailed survey of over fifty artists' projects from fifteen countries, What We Want Is Free explores how these artists use their projects to connect participants to tangible goods and services that they might need, enjoy, and benefit from. Samples of these various projects include the creation of free commuter bus lines and medicinal plant gardens; the distribution of such services as free housework and computer programming; and the production of community media projects such as free commuter newspapers and democratic low-wattage radio stations."--Jacket.

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