European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies

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Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies A project by Oliver Ressler After the loss of a counter-model for capitalism – which socialism, in its real, existing form had presented until its collapse – alternative concepts for economic and social development face hard times at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In the industrial nations, broadly discussed are only those “alternatives” that do not question the existing power relations of the capitalist system and representative democracies. Other socio-economic approaches are labeled utopian, devalued, and excluded from serious discussion if even considered at all. The thematic installation, “Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies,” focuses on diverse concepts and models ...
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Based on Walter Benjamin’s seminal essay “The Author as Producer”, an array of theorists have developed approaches towards an aesthetics of production. The texts of this issue investigate how Benjamin’s arguments may serve as a ground for reflecting and theorizing current art practices. What are the consequences of political art’s function of “supplying the capitalist production apparatus, not changing it”? How can artistic methods subvert cooptation following Brecht and Tretyakov? Where are there new models of artists/intellectuals as producers and “specialists” rather than experts for the universal?
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Progressive Art Institutions in the Age of Dissolving Welfare States The final word of power is that resistance is primary.” (Gilles Deleuze) The indissoluble link between power and resistance, as described byFoucault and Deleuze, is especially evident in the institutions of theart field. Progressive art institutions play a particularly exposed role here as buffers against the influence of state and capital on critical art practices and as machines of a soft instrumentalization of resistance at the same time. The essays in this edition discuss strategies and alliances between activist art practices and progressive art institutions that are capable of providing artistic criticism ...
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Precariousness increasingly defines the conditions, under which people in all different fields pursue their work. Yet it is not only work, but also living conditions that have become precarious for more and more extensive portions of the European population. The present edition of the republicart web journal deals with more recent attempts to counter non-self-determined precariousness with the means of art and activism, bringing a self-determined turn to the term. In the practices of the Precarias a la Deriva in Madrid, the Glücklichen Arbeitslosen in Berlin, the French Intermittents, the May Day Parades in Barcelona and Milan, or the Italian ...
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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 ...
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rePublicart was a transnational research project from 2002 to 2005, produced by the EIPCP (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies), which promoted the development of interventionist and activist practices of public art. In addition to twelve exemplary art projects and twelve discursive events, this project resulted in a European network, which was primarily reflected in the issues of this online journal. The rePublicart project was succeeded by the EIPCP project Transform (2005-2008). http://www.republicart.net/index.htm http://transform.eipcp.net

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