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Artistic Practices

Social Interactions and Cultural Dynamics, 1st Edition

Edited by Tasos Zembylas


216 pages | 51 B/W Illus.

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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.


'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

Table of Contents

Introduction by Tasos Zembylas Part I 1. The Concept of Practice and the Sociology of the Arts by Tasos Zembylas 2. Art Bundles by Theodore Schatzki 3. Practices of Contemporary Art: A Pragmatic Approach to a New Artistic Paradigm by Nathalie Heinich 4. Artistic Practices as Gendered Practices: Ways and Reasons by Marie Buscatto Part II 5. Artistic Practices over the Course of Careers in Film by Chris Mathieu and Iben Sandal Stjerne 6. "You’re Not Going to Play What You Practiced…. Something Else is Going to Happen" by Silvana K. Figueroa-Dreher 7. The Knowing Body-in-Action in Performing Arts: Embodiment, experiential transformation, and intersubjectivity by Chiara Bassetti 8. Forms of Knowing in the Literary Writing Process by Tasos Zembylas 9. Engaging in the Politics of Participative Art in Practice by Laurent Thévenot 10. Art Installation as Knowledge Assembly: Curating Contemporary Art by Sophia Krzys Acord 11. The Intricacies of Street Art Learning: A Sociological Explanation by Graciela Trajtenberg

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

Studies in European Sociology

Europe is currently undergoing massive change. In the former Eastern Europe, societies are adapting to post-communist regimes and economies and facing the implications of war in the Balkans. In the west the increased integration of the European Union impacts on every aspect of legal, economic and political life. The whole of Europe is going through major transformations in terms of gender, race and class. This series published by Routledge with the European Sociological Association, provides a forum for sociological responses to these developments.    

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General