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Art and effective altruism : case studies in sustainable practice

Author: Kevin Nemelka
Publisher: Tempe, Arizona : Arizona State University, 2017.
Dissertation: M.A. Arizona State University 2017 Partial requirement for:
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : English
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Effective Altruism (EA), a moral philosophy concerned with accomplishing the greatest possible good in one's lifetime, sees little utilitarian and/or humanitarian value in the arts. EA suggests that amidst so much global strife, the time, energy, and finances expended to create fleeting art would be put to better, more practical use in the fight against poverty. However, EA has yet to sufficiently account for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic dissertations
Academic theses
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Nemelka
OCLC Number: 1004749504
Description: 1 online resource (v, 117 pages) : color illustrations
Responsibility: by Kevin Nemelka.

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Effective Altruism (EA), a moral philosophy concerned with accomplishing the greatest possible good in one's lifetime, sees little utilitarian and/or humanitarian value in the arts. EA suggests that amidst so much global strife, the time, energy, and finances expended to create fleeting art would be put to better, more practical use in the fight against poverty. However, EA has yet to sufficiently account for sustainable art practice - an art form deeply rooted in utilitarianism and humanitarianism - and the possibility of its accompanying aesthetics as a constituent of utilitarian/humanitarian theories. The first chapter of this thesis illustrates an intersection of EA, sustainability, and aesthetics, detailing ways in which sustainable art and EA philosophy overlap, as well as problematizing EA's dismissal of contemporary art practice. This chapter also points to sustainable art as one possible alternative art route for practicing artists with EA interests. Chapters two and three present case studies of Danish art collective SUPERFLEX and an American non-profit called the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) and how their sustainable goals fit the utilitarian and humanitarian scope through which EA functions.

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