Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization

Has subversion become outdated? Has political art become conformist under the guise of criticality? With the proliferation of committed or socially engaged art practices, currently featured and supported by notable public and private institutions, come many questions regarding its impact and ultimate goals. Whom are these practices serving and who reaps their long-term benefits, if any?

It’s difficult to avoid thinking that political art has become another modality serving the capitalist market, but how can we make a shift to practices that are socially engaged without falling into the same capitalist ideals these practices condemn? Gathering a selection of 31 essays by a group of critics and writers, Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization calls for a new type of subversion, a subversivity that pleads for “temporary disruptions of states of affairs” and not revolutionary stances. Through theoretical essays, case studies and activist narratives, it examines the thorny relationship between art and activism in a globalized, post-Fordist, post-9/11 society. This is a relevant approach considering the ways political and activist art have reached a point of over-saturation and at times redundancy.


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About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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