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Knowledge beside Itself : contemporary art's epistemic politics / Tom Holert

By: Publication details: Berlin : Sternberg Press, cop. 2020Description: 273 pISBN:
  • 9783943365979
Summary: What is the role and function of contemporary art in economic and political systems that increasingly manage data and affect? Knowledge Beside Itself delves into the peculiar emphasis placed in recent years, curatorially and institutionally, on notions such as “research” and “knowledge production.” Considered as a specific, expansive mode of the culture industry, contemporary art is viewed here as a strategic bet on the social distinctions and value extractions made possible by claiming a different, novel access to “knowledge.” Contemporary art’s various liaisons with the humanities and the social and natural sciences, as well as its practitioners’ frequent embeddedness within transdisciplinary research environments and educational settings, have created a sense of epistemo-aesthetic departure, which concurs with the growing relevance of art as conduit or catalyst of knowledge. Discussing the practice of artists such as Christine Borland, Tony Chakar, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Adelita Husni-Bey, Jakob Jakobsen, Claire Pentecost, and Pilvi Takala, writer and curator Tom Holert submits the gambit of conceptualizing contemporary art as an agent of epistemic politics to a genealogical analysis of its political-economic underpinnings in these times of cognitive capitalism, machine learning, and a renewed urgency of epistemological disobedience. (Font: Editor)
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Introduction. Contemporary art and the traffic-driven episteme -- 1. Artistic research: anatomy of an ascent -- 2. Matters of form: network, subjectivity, autonomy -- 3. The problem with knowledge production -- 4. Being concerned: research and responsibility -- 5. Interventionist investigation -- 6. Just in time: durastional work and temporal politics -- 7. Coming to terms: contemporary art, civil society, and knowledge politics in the "Middle East" -- 8. On the border of the knowledge commons -- Acknowledgments -- List of illustrations -- About the author

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