Text/authors: Zoe Beloff, Arne De Boever, Mark Fisher, Matt Fraser, Pascal Gielen, Tessa Overbeek, Kerry James Marshall, Viktor Misiano, Carlos Motta, Nat Muller, Julie Atlas Muz, Gerald Raunig, Dieter Roelstraete, Hito Steyerl, Julia Svetlichnaja, Hakan Topal,   ..  Editors: Pascal Gielen, Niels Van Tomme
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Documenta, magazine for theatre, 2015 #1, pp. 265-268 (in Dutch)
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In a world ruled by seemingly continuous and increasingly complex conflicts, questions about justice, about ‘the right’ course of action, are at the forefront of artistic investigation. In Aesthetic Justice sociologist Pascal Gielen and curator Niels Van Tomme invite a variety of artists and critical thinkers to reflect on new futures for the notion and practice of justice. Launching the proposition of ‘aesthetic justice’, the book offers thought-provoking views on how works of art can confront, and potentially redirect social and political imaginaries. Using analyses of contemporary art works that challenge the social, political, or economic status quo, as well as theoretical reflections and interviews with artists, this book imagines alternatives for a more just future. more
Niels Van Tomme (1977) is a New York-based curator, researcher, and critic working on the intersections of contemporary culture, politics, and aesthetics. Currently associated with the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC, he merges academic research with accessible and often confrontational exhibition-making. He is the appointed curator of the Seventh Bucharest Biennale, set for 26 May — 17 July 2016. His exhibitions and public programmes are shown at venues such as The Kitchen (New York), Värmlands Museum (Karlstad), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), Gallery 400 (Chicago), and Akademie recent exhibition project, ‘Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen’, opened at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in late 2013 and is currently touring internationally. Van Tomme is a Contributing Editor at Art Papers magazine, while his writings explore contemporary art, literature, and music in relationship to broader societal and cultural developments. His books include Where Do We Migrate To? (2011), Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen (2014). more
Pascal Gielen (1970) is director of the Arts in Society research centre at Groningen University, where he is Associate Professor of the Sociology of Art. Gielen is also editor-in-chief of the book series ‘Arts in Society’ (Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg & Groningen University). He has written several books on contemporary art, cultural heritage and cultural politics. His publications include Being an Artist in Post-Fordist Times (2009,NAi Publishers), The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude (2009, 2010 and 2015, Valiz), Teaching Art in the Neoliberal Realm (2013, Valiz), Creativity and other Fundamentalisms (Mondriaan
Foundation, 2013), Institutional Attitudes (2013, Valiz), and The Ethics of Art (2014, Valiz). Gielen’s research focuses on cultural politics and the institutional contexts of the arts. His books have been translated into English, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. back
Aesthetic Justice: Intersecting Artistic and Moral Perspectives
Design: Metahaven .. 320 pages .. 21 x 13,5 cm (h x w) .. Paperback .. English .. supported by the Mondriaan Fund, the Fontys School of Fine and
Performing Arts
and Groningen University