Art and Governmentalization

Art and Governmentalization

This group is dedicated to understanding how publicly funded artistic practices relate to contemporary urban governance and governmentality. By empirically tracking and maping the lines of association between the various actor-networks that make up a publicly funded art world in particular locations (currently we are working on the city of Malmö, Sweden but would want others to join from elsewhere) we hope to be able to understand the role of artistic practices in the establishment of specific technologies of government. Thus, this approach will address the relationship between art and governmentalization on both theoretical and practical levels. By tracing how a local site of artistic practice connects to other sites through vehicles and conduits (carrying documents, materials, people, ideas, concepts, etc.), it will be possible to discover whether actor-networks solidify certain relations of power in ways that affect movements and identities in the social world. We will thereby be able to investigate the actor-networks of the art world that are actively included in city governance as well as the technologies of government that this inclusion creates and mandates.The assemblages will be mapped and analyzed using the open-source interactive visualization and exploration platform GEPHI. The project will also be a contribution to the study of the changing role of art in contemporary society.

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