Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011 Hardcover – 20 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Nato Thompson is Chief Curator at the New York--based public arts institution Creative Time. He edited The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life and Becoming Animal (both published by the MIT Press) and curated the MASS MoCA exhibitions they accompanied.
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Possibly less useful for some readers: the approx 70 pages of essays, which contain a lot of rarefied and politicized art-crit-speak ("We need to move beyond the abstraction of the 'global' in order to engage with the particularities of the political inscribed within local geographies of conflict. It is within this specificity where contemporary artistic practice needs to reposition itself in order to expose the particularity of hidden institutional histories, revealing the missing information that can allow us to piece together a more accurate anticipatory urban research and intervention."
"The projects in Living as Form expose the numerous lines of tension which have surfaced in socially engaged art in the past twenty years, essentially shaking up foundations of art discourse, and sharing techniques and intentions with fields far beyond the arts. Unlike its avant-garde predecessors such as Russian Constructivism, Futurism, Situationism, Tropicalia, Happenings, Fluxus, and Dadaism, socially engaged art is not an art movement. Rather, these cultural practices indicate a new social order--ways of life that emphasize participation, challenge power, and span disciplines ranging from urban planning and community work to theater and the visual arts."