Social Practice Art in Turbulent Times: The Revolution Will Be Live

1st Edition

Kristina Olson, Eric J. Schruers

August 14, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages - 16 Color & 56 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138325906 - CAT# K392344
Series: Routledge Research in Art and Politics


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The timely essays brought together here consider contemporary social practice art that addresses the current volatile political context. Authors offer fresh assessments of recent and historical projects, many of which they have experienced firsthand. Chapters begin with descriptions of specific endeavors that convey the broad range of today’s social practice art. Critical analysis places this work in a historical and contemporary context emphasizing the dynamic nature of the field. At the same time, authors put front and center the fraught issues addressed by this important work: hard-line politics, the reach of digital surveillance, the refugee crisis, terrorist attacks, pressure for social control, and suppression of individual liberties. Contributors discuss artists whose practice puts their creative activity in the service of actions that engage audience members as active participants in a social enterprise that aims to have positive impact on the world.

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