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New strategies for old practices

Bishop, Cameron 2016, New strategies for old practicesContemporary publics: shifting boundaries in new media, technology and culture, Palgrave MacMillan, London, Eng., pp.97-113, doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-53324-1.

Title New strategies for old practices
Author(s) Bishop, Cameron
Title of book Contemporary publics: shifting boundaries in new media, technology and culture
Publication date 2016
Start page 97
End page 113
Total pages 17
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
Place of Publication London, Eng.
Keyword(s) profanation
counter practice
museum criticism
contemporary art
commodity spectacle
public art
Summary The concepts, ideas and material experiments that much contemporary art engages with rarely examine the commercial realities of the system that supports its exhibition. From the free labour of interns and artists to the 50 percent commission cut taken by gallery owners, contemporary art practice is trapped in a paradox in which it is free to critique its own histories and those outside the gallery, but rarely analyses its own politics of production. In this chapter I discuss two recent art projects in Melbourne that work to undermine the neo-liberal economics of the art gallery and public space. In discussing these strategies as tools for resistance I advance a purpose for art that is not discipline specific and trapped in its own spectacular and self-referential game – as witnessed in the gallery and the academy. Using Giorgio Agamben, McKenzie Wark and Guy Debord to think through and apply strategies of profanation and détournement I argue for an art that operates as counter-practice, integrated with life but testing new practices and ways of being. It is in this spirit I appropriate space, form and image to practise alternative lines of exchange; a practice that invokes a slow infuriation, a swarm, that resists the total neo-liberalisation of the gallery, the academy and public space.
ISBN 9781137533241
Language eng
DOI 10.1057/978-1-137-53324-1
Field of Research 190103 Art Theory
190104 Visual Cultures
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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