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Repressief Liberalisme

Opstellen over creatieve arbeid, politiek en kunst


  • What does freedom mean for the artist nowadays?
  • Explores the intrinsic and democratic value of art
  • NB: This publication is only available in Dutch

Author: Pascal Gielen
Design: Meeusontwerpt
Series: Ars & Politica

2013, Valiz with Fontys, School of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg | paperback | 328 pp. | 21 x 14,5 cm (h x w) | Dutch | ISBN 978-90-78088-84-4

Table of contents (pdf)
Introduction (pdf)

Artists and political liberals both value ‘freedom’. Artists know that the best ideas flourish in freedom. Classic liberals thought that society would prosper by giving both individuals and markets the greatest possible freedom. But how sincere is that freedom nowadays?
Repressief Liberalisme: Opstellen over creatieve arbeid en politiek [Repressive Liberalism: Essays About Creative Work, Politics and Art] explores what this alleged freedom means and discusses how artists have become increasingly embedded and have started to create applied, often ‘social’ art. Corporations and politics have appropriated ‘creativity’ along with low-pay, flexible labour by artists. What is the intrinsic and democratic value of art and of artists?