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Political agitation and public intervention in the new millennium
Rebecca Binns

Following Vaucher's hiatus from Crass, during which she turned away from the ‘sensationalism’ that she saw dominating the art world, her work took a more outward-looking turn as the new century dawned. This coincided with a shift in attitude within the British art world, away from spectacular art that denied discernible meaning, towards work that attempted to once again engage with society. Jeremy Deller's (b. 1966) Battle of Orgreave (2002), for example, re-enacted the momentous fight between striking miners and police (1984) using a

in Gee Vaucher
Anne Ring Petersen

2 The politics of identity and recognition in the ‘global art world’ Identity politics informed by postcolonial critique dominated the discourses on the interrelations of globalisation, migration and contemporary art in the 1990s and the early 2000s. The previous chapter characterised the position from which the struggle for recognition of non-Western artists was launched, designating it the postcolonial position, in contradistinction to the migratory aesthetics position that gathered momentum in the 2000s. This second chapter examines the historical role and

in Migration into art
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Looking across the borderlands of art, media and visual culture

Travelling images critically examines the migrations and transformations of images as they travel between different image communities. It consists of four case studies covering the period 1870–2010 and includes photocollages, window displays, fashion imagery and contemporary art projects. Through these four close-ups it seeks to reveal the mechanisms, nature and character of these migration processes, and the agents behind them, as well as the sites where they have taken place. The overall aim of this book is thus to understand the mechanisms of interfacing events in the borderlands of the art world. Two key arguments are developed in the book, reflected by its title Travelling images. First, the notion of travel and focus on movements and transformations signal an emphasis on the similarities between cultural artefacts and living beings. The book considers ‘the social biography’ and ‘ecology’ of images, but also, on a more profound level, the biography and ecology of the notion of art. In doing so, it merges perspectives from art history and image studies with media studies. Consequently, it combines a focus on the individual case, typical for art history and material culture studies with a focus on processes and systems, on continuities and ruptures, and alternate histories inspired by media archaeology and cultural historical media studies. Second, the central concept of image is in this book used to designate both visual conventions, patterns or contents and tangible visual images. Thus it simultaneously consider of content and materiality.

Living and working in a precarious art world

The book addresses – in 66 accessible entries – the global circulation of contemporary art in the moment of its fundamental crisis. By using the term ‘projectariat’, the book detours the classical Marxist concept to talk about the life and work of artistic freelancers – artists, curators, critics, academics, writers, technicians and assistants – who, in order to survive, have no choice but to make one project after another and many at the same time. The majority of projectarians do not own much beyond their own capacity to circulate. Thus, they are torn between promises of unrestrained mobility and looming poverty, their precarity only amplified by the global crisis caused by COVID-19.

The book is intended as both a critical analysis and a practical handbook that speaks to and about the vast cohort of artistic freelancers worldwide, people who are currently looking for ways of moving beyond the structural conundrum of artistic networks, where everything that is solid melts into flows – and where nothing is certain except one’s own precarity. The book’s narrative is based on a carefully crafted balance between its three constitutive strands: an uncompromising critique of the cruel economy of global networks of contemporary art; an emphatic, non-moralistic understanding of the perils of artistic labour; and systemic advocacy for new modes of collective action aimed at overcoming the structural deficiencies haunting the global circulation of contemporary art.

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Artists’ books and forgotten social objects

This volume proposes that the photobook is best understood as a collective endeavour, a confluence of individuals, interests and events. By looking beyond canons and artistic definitions, by factoring in the public and by paying closer attention to the texts and the contexts, the aim of this book is to challenge and ultimately broaden the category of the ‘photobook’. While the market is geared today for photographer-driven books, and is buoyed by the theoretical framework proposed by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, this book casts a wider net, and pays particular attention to anonymous photographers, institutional publications, digital opportunities, unrealised projects, illegal practices, collectives, poets, and the reader. The chapters uncover forgotten social objects, and show how personal histories are bound to broader historical movements. Certain chapters deliberately engage with canonical authors (Claudia Andujar and George Love, Mohamed Bourouissa, Walker Evans, Roland Penrose, the Visual Studies Workshop, for example) to reveal the origination contexts and the ‘biographies’ of the photographs. Together, the chapters examine the North American, British or French photobook from 1900 to the present. The chapters address the ecosystem of the photobook art market; commitment and explicit political engagement; memory and the writing of history; materiality and how material form affects circulation. The contributors are specialists in the history of photography, book studies and visual studies, researchers in sociology, US history, anthropology, critical race theory, postcolonial studies, feminism, architecture and comparative literature, and there are contributions from practising photographers and curators.

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Travelling images
Anna Dahlgren

four close-ups it seeks to reveal the mechanisms, nature and character of these migration processes, and the agents behind them, as well as the sites where they have taken place. The overall aim of this book is thus to understand the mechanisms of interfacing events in the borderlands of the art world. Chapter 1 (‘Cut and paste’) considers the mechanisms of breaks and continuities in the history of photocollage with regard to gender, genre and locations of display. Collage is commonly celebrated as a twentieth-century art form invented by Dada artists in the 1910s

in Travelling images
Peter J. Martin

highlighted in drawing this contrast, since we are inevitably led to consider not only the music in its technical aspects, but the distinctive character of the ‘art world’ (Becker, 1982) in which its players and their performances are embedded. In this chapter, the concept of the art world will be used as a basic approach to understanding jazz improvisation as an organised, collaborative social practice occurring in the context of a specific artistic community. In approaching the subject in this way, it is possible to move beyond the remarkably tenacious, yet quite

in Music and the sociological gaze
An interview with Dieter Roelstraete
Bénédicte Miyamoto
Marie Ruiz

reflects on the role of the art world in political and social debates. This discussion raises several questions about the place of the arts in societal events: should artists get involved in contentious issues or rather take a back-seat position and stage the dissemination of ideas? Editors: We are very interested to talk to you about the way the museums are going beyond educational programmes, and now work towards developing empathy. Could you tell us more about Documenta 14 , which in 2017 happened both at its traditional location and in Athens to raise awareness

in Art and migration
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Anne Ring Petersen

mainly addressed problematics related to globalisation-from-below, whose prime actors are the many different types of migrants. Taken together, these two interrelated discourses have made non-Western contemporary art an integral and thus visible and officially recognised part of the international discourses on global contemporary art. Chapter 2 developed this line of enquiry further by tracing how, in tandem with globalisation, the critical debates on identity politics and multiculturalism in the Western art world gradually paved the way, in the 1990s and 2000s, for

in Migration into art