As the history of modernism has repeatedly demonstrated, the greatest potential for transforming and re-energizing artistic practice is often realized precisely at those points where it’s established identity is most seriously at risk. -Grant Kester in The One and The Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context
Regeneration strategies [...] are shaped by economists, planners, infrastructure engineers, phasing and finance experts. Before the public is consulted, and before any creative practitioners are engaged, these experts have decided where the problem lies and what the likely solution should be. [...] The result is too often the bland and bureaucratic, the well-meaning but unimaginative, [...]
“…we know that politics is absolutely the heart and soul of what might seem like design projects because it’s about who makes decisions, who has more power and influence than others to shape cities. Designers typically either run away from or ignore politics and political structures, and that’s impossible if you want to have any [...]
“…the specific openness or porosity of contemporary art for instance has functioned as a weird kind of hosting system: as a kind of asylum for various cultural forms and encounters apparently impossible elsewhere.” – from Michael Hirsch’s Professional Amateurs, Outsiders, Intruders – On the Utopia of Transdisciplinary Work in the Cultural Field in “Waking up [...]
KN: One of the things you hope to explore in this project is what ‘use’ might be. But why should art be useful? Arguably, an important point of art is not to have a ‘use’, in a literal sense, but to be something else in our lives. TB: All art is useful. But the Spanish word for [...]
“…making art entails a permanent state of negotiation with many nodes of the circuit network — so that reaching the actual artwork is only possible after outrunning mediator after mediator; layer after layer; ultimately, what can be considered an artwork is a cluster of multiple explicit interests, including, fortunately, the artists’ proposals.” –from the article, “Post-Participatory Participation” by Ricard [...]
“In its early years, the art of the Situationist International advocates the use of any medium not as art, but to reproduce a reality that doesn’t participate in capitalism.” Quoted from G. Roger Denson in Part 2 of the Timeline of Leftist Social and Political Art on the Huffington Post.
“Don’t wait to be invited. Otherwise things will never happen.”