Whereas the concept of the public sphere was booming in the 1980s and 90s, now more and more it seems to be examined critically in discursive and political contexts, and at the same time, as a point of reference for emancipatory practices, it appears to have gone out of fashion. In the art field a growing trend to address partial public spheres / communities has become evident. Here the concept of “art for all” that was previously understood as an emancipatory concept is in danger of being overrun by customer-orientation and audience fetishism in a neo-liberal context. The current focus examines the double meaning of “publicum” in a series of articles from the fields of political theory, art criticism and activist practice.
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