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The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics

1st Edition

Edited by Randy Martin


332 pages

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The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics offers a thorough examination of the complex relationship between art and politics, and the many forms and approaches the engagement between them can take.

The contributors - a diverse assembly of artists, activists, scholars from around the world – discuss and demonstrate ways of making art and politics legible and salient in the world. As such the 32 chapters in this volume reflect on performing and visual arts; music, film and new media; as well as covering social practice, community-based work, conceptual, interventionist and movement affiliated forms.

The Companion is divided into four distinct parts:

  • Conceptual Cartographies
  • Institutional Materialities
  • Modalities of Practice
  • Making Publics

Randy Martin has assembled a collection that ensures that readers will come away with a wider view of what can count as art and politics; where they might find it; and how it moves in the world. The diversity of perspectives is at once challenging and fortifying to those who might dismiss political art on the one hand as not making sufficient difference and on the other to those embracing it but seeking a means to elaborate the significance that it can make in the world.

The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics brings together a range of issues and approaches and encourages critical and creative thinking about how art is produced, perceived, and received.


"The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics is well suited for libraries working with artists, scholars, curators of contemporary art, and gallery professionals. Summing Up: Recommended."

- J. Decker, Rochester Institute of Technology in CHOICE

Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Conceptual Cartographies Introduction 1. On the Zoopolitics of the Voice and the Distinction Between Nature and Culture Ana María Ochoa 2. The Aesthetic Subject and the Politics of Speculative Labor Marina Vishmidt 3. Art and the Politics of Time-as-Substance John Roberts 4. The Choreopolitical: Agency in the Age of Control André Lepecki 5. Thinking Contradictory Thoughts: On the Convergence of Aesthetic and Social Factors in recent Sociologies of Art Eduardo de la Fuente 6. Becoming Revolutionary: On Russian Suprematism Boris Groys 7. Failure Over Utopia Lisa Le Feuvre 8. What Did You Hear? Another Ten Theses on Militant Sound Investigation Ultra-Red Part Two: Institutional Materialities Introduction 9. Institutional Critique Redux Steve Kurtz 10. Social Turns: In Theory and Across the Arts Shannon Jackson 11.The Politics of Contemporary Curating: A Technological Perspective Joasia Krysa 12. Perverse Joy: The Paradoxes of Censorship Svetlana Mintcheva 13. Art Is Garbage Toby Miller 14. Grass Stage’s Theater of Precarity in China Mark Driscoll 15. Evangelism and the Gay Movement in Singapore: Witnessing and Confessions Through Masks Keng Sen Ong 16. A Transformative Initiative for Achieving Cultural Equity: Community Arts University Without Walls Marta Moreno Vega 17. Hapticality in the Undercommons, or From Operations Management to Black Ops Stefano Harney Part Three: Modalities of Practice Introduction 18. Charming for the Revolution: Pussy and Other Riots Jack Halberstam 19. The Yes Men Jacques Servin 20. 16 Notes on Collectivism and Dark Matter Gregory Sholette 21. Some Notes About Art, Code and Politics Under Cloudy Empire(s) Ricardo Dominguez 22. The Aesthetics of Algorithmic Experience Ned Rossiter and Soenke Zehle 23. Computational Aesthetics in the Practices of Art as Politics Patricia Ticiento Clough 24. Toward Participatory Aesthetics Claire Bishop with David Riff and Ekaterina Degot 25. The Politics of Popular Art in India Swati Chattopadhyay Part Four: Making Publics Introduction 26. Living Politics: The Zapatistas Celebrate Their 20th Anniversary Diana Taylor27. Carnival, Radical Humor, and Media Politics Robert Stam 28. Dynamic Encounters and the Benjaminian Aura: Reflections on the New Media, Next Media, and Connectivity Wafaa Bilal 29. Seeking a Theater of Liberation Dudley Cocke 30. By Any Means Necessary Jan Cohen Cruz 31. If You Really Care About Change, Why Devote Your Life to Art and Culture? Reflections of a Cultural Organizer Caron Atlas 32. Pedagogies in the Oakland Projects Suzanne Lacy

About the Editor

Randy Martin is Professor and Chair of Art and Public Policy and founding director of the graduate program in Arts Politics at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is author of books on the politics of dance, theatre, war, finance, and education.

About the Series

Routledge Art History and Visual Studies Companions

Routledge Art History and Visual Studies Companions offer thorough, high-quality surveys and assessments of the major topics in the fields of art history and visual studies. All entries in each companion are specially commissioned and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible, and cutting-edge, these companions are the ideal resource for advanced undergraduates, postgraduate students, and researchers alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / Art & Politics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies