I’ve just been emailed the information about the new book in the series Büchs’n’Books — Art and Knowledge Production in Context by artists and theoreticians who write of their work as a specific contemporary production of knowledge. It is titled Private Investigations – Paths of Critical Knowledge Production in Contemporary Art with texts by Andrei Siclodi (Ed.), Alfredo Cramerotti, Judith Fischer, Geoffrey Garrison, Alison Gerber, Ana Hoffner, Brigitta Kuster, Ralo Mayer, and Alexander Vaindor. Check it out!
“For some time now, one aspect of contemporary art has been en vogue in theoretical discussions: art as a field of, and medium for, the production of specific knowledge. Especially in relation to the discipline that the academic establishment calls “artistic research,” the persistent need for a stable basis for artistic knowledge production has been continually emphasized—above all in academia; knowledge production in art, so the mantra goes, must go hand in hand with a socially critical (self-)reflexive approach toward art and its producers. In the globalized knowledge-based society of the twenty-first century,we are told, art must position itself quickly in order to assert its own
social relevance and insure itself in the long run.With such arguments, the academic standardization of artistic criticality is aided and “tenured” by national educational policy. Yet can this top-down criticality, standardized through academic curricula, have any real impact outside a self-referential framework? Despite all its good intentions, does this not rather serve to entrench existing hegemonies and (distribution) economies of knowledge? And what alternative strategies might be used to counter an increasingly dominant discourse on the theory and practice of “artistic research?”