Activism, art and social practice : a case study using Jacques Ranciere’s framework for analysis

Coombs, Gretchen (2014) Activism, art and social practice : a case study using Jacques Ranciere’s framework for analysis. In Proceedings of the 2013 Annual Conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand - AAANZ, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-16.


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The question can no longer just be whether “art and social practice” or creative forms of activism are part of larger neo liberal agenda nor if they are potentially radical in their conception, delivery or consumption. The question also becomes: what are the effects of social practice art and design for the artists, institutions, and the publics they elicit in public and private spaces; that is, how can we consider such artworks differently? I argue the dilution of social practices’ potentially radical interventions into cultural processes and their absorption into larger neo liberal agendas limits how, as Jacques Rancière might argue, they can intervene in the “distribution of the sensible.” I will use a case study example from The Center for Tactical Magic, an artist group from the San Francisco Bay Area.

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ID Code: 72982
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > ART THEORY AND CRITICISM (190100)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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Deposited On: 22 Jun 2014 23:51
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