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The art of direct action : social sculpture and beyond

Author: Karen van den Berg; Cara M Jordan; Philipp Kleinmichel
Publisher: Berlin : Sternberg Press, ©2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the most significant shifts in contemporary art during the past two decades concerns artists and collectives who have moved their artistic focus from representation to direct social action. This publication shows why this transition might change our understanding of artistic production at large and make us reconsider the role of art in society. The book gathers internationally recognized artists, scholars,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen van den Berg; Cara M Jordan; Philipp Kleinmichel
ISBN: 3956794850 9783956794858
OCLC Number: 1111649370
Description: 307 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction : From an Expanded Notion of Art to an Expanded Notion of Society --
Socially Engaged Art and the Fall of the Spectator since Joseph Beuys and the Situationists / Karen van den Berg --
Experimental Station and the Attraction of Complicated Settings / Dan Peterman Interviewed by Karen van den Berg --
New Neigborhood, Moabit : Shaping a Community with Artistic Tools / Marina Naprushkina Interviewed by Karen van den Berg --
Action and the Critique of Action in Theodor W. Adorno and Joseph Beuys / Grant H. Kester --
Beuys, Achberg, and the Woodstockization of the Discourse / Rainer Rappmann Interviewed by Karen van den Berg --
All Fields of Human Endeavor Are Creative : Beuys in the 1970s / Caroline Tisdall Interviewed by Karen van den Berg --
Beuysian Pedagogies : A Counter-history / Gregory Sholette Interviewed by Karen van den Berg --
Joseph Beuys and Feminism in the United States : Social Sculpture Meets Consciousness-Raising / Cara M. Jordan --
Attraction and Repulsion : An American Perception of Beuys / Daniel Joseph Martinez Interviewed by Cara M. Jordan --
Curating Social Practice and the Influence of John Dewey / Mary Jane Jacob Interviewed by Cara M. Jordan --
Social Sculpture and the Cousins of Cosmism / Anton Vidokle Interviewed by Philipp Kleinmichel --
The Symbolic Excess of Art Activism / Philipp Kleinmichel --
Art, Neoliberalism, and the Fate of the Commons / John Roberts --
The Proto-conceptual Machine of Dissent / kuda.org Interviewed by Philipp Kleinmichel --
Capturing the Public Imagination through Social Sculpture / Pedro Reyes Interviewed by Cara M. Jordan --
The Input and Output of Working with Communities / Caroline Woolard Interviewed by Cara M. Jordan --
Contributor Biographies --
Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: Social sculpture and beyond
Responsibility: editors, Karen van den Berg, Cara M. Jordan, Philipp Kleinmichel.

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One of the most significant shifts in contemporary art during the past two decades concerns artists and collectives who have moved their artistic focus from representation to direct social action. This publication shows why this transition might change our understanding of artistic production at large and make us reconsider the role of art in society. The book gathers internationally recognized artists, scholars, and experts in the field of socially engaged art to reflect upon historical developments in this field and explore the role that German artist Joseph Beuys?s concept of social sculpture played in its evolution. The contributions provide theoretical reflections, historical analysis, and frame critical debates about exemplary socially engaged art projects since the 1970s in order to examine the strategies, opportunities, and failures of this practice.

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