What We Made Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation

ISBN-10: 0822352893

ISBN-13: 9780822352891

Edition: 2013

Authors: Tom Finkelpearl

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InWhat We Made, Tom Finkelperl examines the activist, participatory, co-authored aesthetic experiences being created in contemporary art. Through a series of fifteen conversations with artists, art historians, and participant collaborators, Finkepearl suggests social cooperation as a meaningful way to recognize this work and provides a political, artistic, and theoretical framework for understanding its emergence and acceptance. Artists comment on their experiences working cooperatively, joined at times by colleagues from related fields—including social policy, urban planning, and new media. Issues discussed include the experience of working in public, working with museums and libraries, opportunities for social change, the lines between education and art, spirituality, and collaborative opportunities available with new media. Finkelpearl engages Grant Kester and Claire Bishop in conversations about their writing on participatory and dialogic art and also includes interviews with individuals who worked on projects with Mark Dion and Harrell Fletcher. In his conclusion, Finkelpearl argues that pragmatism offers a deeper understanding of the experiential nature of social cooperation and applies this to a discussion of Houston’sProject Row Houses.Interviewees: Naomi Beckwith, Claire Bishop, Tania Bruguera, Brett Cook, Teddy Cruz, Jay Dykeman, Wendy Ewald, Sondra Farganis, Harrell Fletcher, David Henry, Gregg Horowitz, Grant Kester, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Pedro Lasch, Rick Lowe, Daniel Martinez, Lee Mingwei, Jonah Peretti, Ernesto Pujol, Evan Roth, Ethan Seltzer, and Mark Stern.
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 1/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Tom Finkelpearl is Program Director of PS 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York City. From 1990 to 1996, he was Director of New York City's Percent for Art Program.

Preface
Introduction
The Art of Social Cooperation: An American Framework
Cooperation Goes Public
Consequences of a Gesture and 100 Victories/10,000 Tears
Chicago Urban Ecology Action Group
Museum, Education, Cooperation
Memory of Surfaces
Overview
Temporary Coalitions, Mobilized Communities, and Dialogue as Art
Social Vision and a Cooperative Community
Project Row Houses
Participation, Planning, and a Cooperative Film
Blot Out the Sun
Blot Out the Sun
Education Art
C�tedra Arte de Conducta
C�tedra Arte de Conducta
A Political Alphabet
Arabic Alphabet
Crossing Borders
Transnational Community-Based Production, Cooperative Art, and Informal Trade Networks
Spirituality and Cooperation
Unburning Freedom Hall and The Packer School Project
The Seer Project
Interactive Internet Communication
White Glove Tracking
White Glove Tracking
Conclusion: Pragmatism and Social Cooperation
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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