Public Servants : Art and the Crisis of the Common Good

Burton, Johanna and Jackson, Shannon and Willsdon, Dominic. Public Servants : Art and the Crisis of the Common Good. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016.

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Abstract (English)

"How should we understand the purpose of publicly engaged art in the twenty-first century, when the very term “public art” is largely insufficient to describe such practices?

Concepts such as “new genre public art,” “social practice,” or “socially engaged art” may imply a synergy between the role of art and the role of government in providing social services. Yet the arts and social services differ crucially in terms of their methods and metrics. Socially engaged artists need not be aligned (and may often be opposed) to the public sector and to institutionalized systems. In many countries, structures of democratic governance and public responsibility are shifting, eroding, and being remade in profound ways—driven by radical economic, political, and global forces. According to what terms and through what means can art engage with these changes?

This volume gathers essays, dialogues, and art projects—some previously published and some newly commissioned—to illuminate the ways the arts shape and reshape a rapidly changing social and governmental landscape. An artist portfolio section presents original statements and projects by some of the key figures grappling with these ideas." -- Publisher's website.

Types: Anthologies, essays, collections
All Contributors: Burton, Johanna (Editor); Jackson, Shannon (Editor); Willsdon, Dominic (Editor); Burton, Johanna (Author); Jackson, Shannon (Author); Willsdon, Dominic (Author); [et alii]
Dossier: 700 - ART ET SOCIÉTÉ / ART AND SOCIETY
Collation: 515 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780262034814
Language of Publication: English
Publishers: Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Artists: Bordowitz, Gregg; Chin, Mel; Fraser, Andrea; Helguera, Pablo; Hunt, Ashley; Leigh, Simone; Reyes, Pedro; Staal, Jonas; The Yes Men; Van Heeswijk, Jeanne; Woolard, Caroline; [et alii]
Keywords: ART AND SOCIETY; POLITICAL ART; ACTIVISM; ECONOMY; JUSTICE; PUBLIC SPHERE; COMMUNITY
Copyright Statement: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Notes:

Dust jacket.
Includes Index.
Includes biographical notes.
Includes bibliographical references.

Series Name: Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture
Deposited by: Collections
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 16:42
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 20:46
URI: http://e-artexte.ca/id/eprint/27819
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