Resources on socially engaged art
This site will serve as the official online library for the FEINART project. It will contain links to related projects about socially engaged art, personal suggestions and recommendations for further reading from the FEINART Directors of Studies, as well as information about publications from the ESRs.
In this section we present selected international projects about socially engaged art
Concomitentes – Spain
Concomitentes (Citizen-Commissioners) is a non-profit association founded in June 2018 to promote the creation of artworks that engage with their social context. Concomitentes invites civil society groups to become the citizen-commissioners or “Comitentes” of an artwork, and then accompanies them through the ensuing process of negotiation. Concomitentes helps groups of citizens to envisage and realize the work of art that they consider essential for their context.
Visit their website: https://concomitentes.org/en
m-cult – Finland
m-cult is a Helsinki-based non-profit organisation founded in 2000 to develop and promote new forms of media art and digital culture, with a focus on cultural and social aspects of media and technology.
Visit their website: https://www.m-cult.org/index.php/
The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) – Ireland
CAPP is an ambitious transnational cultural programme focusing on the dynamic area of collaborative arts. The overall goal of CAPP is to improve and open up opportunities for artists who are working collaboratively across Europe.
Visit their website: https://www.cappnetwork.com/
Jeanneworks, Typologies & Capacities – Netherlands
This is the project website of the artist Jeanne van Heeswijk. She is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local”. Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organizing and pedagogy in order to assist communities to take control of their own futures.
Visit her website: http://www.jeanneworks.net/
Institute for Radical Imagination – USA
The Institute for the Radical Imagination is a 501© 3 charitable nonprofit organization whose fundamental purpose is educational in nature. The overall purpose of the Institute is to develop and coordinate programmatic content by hosting symposia, colloquia, forums, reading groups. Classes are offered for at least twenty weeks of the calendar year, are interactive and participatory in nature, and are open to the general public interested in exploring alternative intellectual and cultural perspectives.
Visit their website: https://radicalimagination.institute/
This sections contains links to the video recordings of the FEINART Lecture Series as well as written copies
“The Problems and Horizons of Socially Engaged Art Today”
Lecture by Prof John Roberts of the University of Wolverhampton
Recorded on 5 March 2021
Video link: Lecture Recording
“The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art”
Lecture by Dr Gregory Sholette – Artist, Activist, Writer from New York
Recorded on 19 March 2021
Video link: Lecture Recording
Lecture Text (online link):
In this section, the FEINART members present recommendations of articles, journals and books related to topics of Socially Engaged Art
Bill Balaskas / Carolina Rito (Eds.); Contributions by: Bill Balaskas / Michael Birchall / Mélanie Bouteloup / Carolina Cerón / Anthony Downey / Pujita Guha and Abhijan Toto for the Forest Curriculum / Joasia Krysa / Vali Mahlouji / Je Yun Moon / Andrea Phillips / Emily Pringle / Carolina Rito / ruangrupa (farid rakun and Leonhard Bartolomeus) / Nora Sternfeld / Sian Vaughan; Sternberg Press (2017): Institution as Praxis—New Curatorial Directions for Collaborative Research
Institution as Praxis—New Curatorial Directions for Collaborative Research explores new curatorial and artistic practices that contribute to the expansion of institutional, practice-based, and collaborative research methods. This publication offers an overview of how creative practices are modifying the ways we think about both knowledge production and research in the cultural sector and in academia.
Karen van den Berg; FIELD Journal of Socially-Engaged Art and Criticism (2019): From Protest to the Production of Social Relations: Socially Engaged Art and Activism in Germany since 2015
Even before a severe crisis of liberalism was diagnosed following the Brexit referendum and the US elections in 2016, Germany had been in a state of political emergency. Equally, there had already been a decisive turning point in the development of activist art in Germany before this international political development was widely recognized. A look into 2014 will help to understand these changes.
Angela Dimitrakaki & Kirsten Lloyd; Taylor & Francis Online (2017): Social Reproduction Struggles and Art History
The article explores social reproduction as a key term in expanding the purview of art history in relation to the social urgencies of the early twenty-first century and feminist struggles. Providing a context for the approaches to social reproduction and art in the specific journal issue, the analysis makes a case for a methodological shift that would see feminist art history coming closer to a history of labour. But this, the authors argue, implies interrogating what enters the category ‘labour’ as such. The article opens with an examination of capitalism in relation to crisis and goes on to look at a) social reproduction in an expanded (art) field; b) the violence of reproduction; c) the feminist commons/the social reproduction commons.
Kuba Szreder; L’Internationale Online (2020): Independence Always Proceeds from Interdependence: A Reflection on the Conditions of the Artistic Precariat and the Art Institution in Times of Covid-19
This report from Warsaw is a just-on-time response to the disruption caused by Covid-19, including some initial thoughts on its political implications and, more specifically, its impact on the economy of contemporary art.