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Danielle Child: Working Aesthetics

Danielle Child: Working Aesthetics

Labour used to be regarded as an unattractive subject for art, the proximity of work to everyday life has subsequently narrowed the gap between work and art. The artist is no longer considered apart from the economic but is heralded as an example of how to work in neoliberal management textbooks.
The Art of Experiment

The Art of Experiment

In search of new knowledge practices that can help us make the world livable again, this book takes the reader on a journey across time—from the deep past to the unfolding future. Hughes and Armstrong search beyond human knowledge to establish negotiated partnerships with forms of knowledge within the planet itself.
Shannan Clark: The Making of the American Creative Class

Shannan Clark: The Making of the American Creative Class

In the middle of the twentieth century, the production of America's consumer culture was centralised in New York. Every day tens of thousands of writers, editors, artists, performers, and technicians made the culture that shaped the consumer economy. But this was far from a smoothly running machine.
How media and conflicts make migrants

How media and conflicts make migrants

Has ‘migrant’ become an unshakeable identity for some people? How does this happen and what role does the media play in classifying individuals as ‘migrants’ rather than people? How Media and Conflicts Make Migrants challenges the idea of the ‘migrant’, pointing instead to the array of systems and processes that force this identity on individuals.
Jonas Staal: Propaganda Art in the 21st Century

Jonas Staal: Propaganda Art in the 21st Century

How to understand propaganda art in the post-truth era — and how to create a new kind of emancipatory propaganda art. Propaganda art—whether a depiction of joyous workers in the style of socialist realism or a film directed by Steve Bannon — delivers a message.
Leigh Claire La Berge: Wages Against Artwork

Leigh Claire La Berge: Wages Against Artwork

The last twenty years have seen a rise of new forms of socially engaged art aimed. Leigh Claire La Berge's Wages Against Artwork addresses what she calls decommodified labor – the slow diminishment of wages – and the increasing presence of animals and children in contemporary art.
Tom Holert: Knowledge Beside Itself

Tom Holert: Knowledge Beside Itself

What is the role and function of contemporary art in economic and political systems that increasingly manage data and affect? Tom Holert's Knowledge Beside Itself delves into the peculiar emphasis placed in recent years, curatorially and institutionally, on notions such as “research” and “knowledge production.”