Art matters. It affects us in our daily lives and is full of meanings that are valuable to all of us. As a catalyst for social interactions, art may either cause public conflict and create dissensions or facilitate mutual understanding and strengthen collective bonds. All of this is grounded in practices that develop and change along social interaction, cultural dynamics, as well as technological and economic lines.
So how is art formed and produced? What are the relevant constraints and challenges that artists experience in the creative process? And what constitutes artistic agency? This collection of contributions from international, interdisciplinary experts explores particular case studies to deeply analyse artistic practices. Comprising eleven chapters relating to different art forms, each chapter offers an original perspective conveying a comprehensive understanding of artistic practices as arrays of specific activities in contemporary art worlds.
This book will be important for both researchers and practitioners in the field. It will help artists to deepen their analytical abilities, enabling them to further their own creative practice. It will allow students and researchers to gain insights into processes of artistic creation and thus into the reproduction of art, as well as innovation in the arts.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I 1. The Concept of Practice and the Sociology of the Arts 2. Art Bundles 3. Practices of Contemporary Art: A Pragmatic Approach to a New Artistic Paradigm 4. Artistic Practices as Gendered Practices: Ways and Reasons Part II 5. Artistic Practices over the Course of Careers in Film 6. "You’re Not Going to Play What You Practiced…. Something Else is Going to Happen" 7. The Knowing Body-in-Action in Performing Arts: Embodiment, experiential transformation, and intersubjectivity 8. Forms of Knowing in the Literary Writing Process 9. Engaging in the Politics of Participative Art in Practice 10. Art Installation as Knowledge Assembly: Curating Contemporary Art 11. The Intricacies of Street Art Learning: A Sociological Explanation
Tasos Zembylas is Professor of Cultural Institution Studies at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. His research focus is on artistic creative practice, the theory of the cultural sector and on cultural policy analysis.
'A pragmatic stance such as the one put forward by Tasos Zembylas and the other authors of this excellent volume looks for the social roots of creativity in the communication and synchronization patterns of artists working in their everyday life environments...' Dafne Muntanyola-Saura, Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa