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Future Publics

The Rest Can and Should Be Done by the People - A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art


  • About rebel citizens, cultural users, stateless states, and revolutionary platforms
  • Explores how ‘future publics’ propose radically new forms of belonging

Editors: Maria Hlavajova, Ranjit Hoskote
Contributors: Nancy Adajania, Ariella Azoulay, Amelia Barikin & Nikos Papastergiadis, Bassam El Baroni, Manuel Beltrán, David Graeber & Michelle Kuo, Tom Holert, Brian Holmes, Geert Lovink, Elzbieta Matynia & Joanna Warsza, Simon Sheikh, Jonas Staal, Stephen Wright
Design: Kummer & Herrman
Series: BAK Critical Reader Series

2015, Valiz with BAK | paperback (otabind) | 342 pp. | 16,5 x 12 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-90-78088-94-3

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>With contributions by artists, theorists, and activists such as David Graeber, Ariella Azoulay and Geert Lovink, Future Publics reflects on radically new publics that emerge from current experiences of social crisis and political uncertainty. Resisting formal definitions of citizenship, these provisional assemblies shape new solidarities that cut across conventional lines of class, region, ethnicity, and ideological affiliation. In the field of art, they demonstrate a renewed, insurgent, and self-critical capacity for engagement, rejecting the passive observation of the ‘viewer’, the commodifying gaze of the ‘consumer’, and the stylized participation of the ‘spectator’. Through their accounts, the contributors in this volume assemble a vocabulary relevant to these artistic practices and civic conclaves.