Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster „Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration“

New release: Conflictual Aesthetics. By Oliver Marchart

5. August 2019


Artistic Activism and the Public Sphere
Berlin: Sternberg Press 2019

A new wave of artistic activism has emerged in recent years in response to the ever-increasing dominance of authoritarian neoliberalism. Activist practices in the art field, however, have been around much longer. As Oliver Marchart claims, there has always been an activist undercurrent in art. In this book he traces trajectories of artistic activism in theater, dance, performance, and public art, and investigates the political potential of urbanism, curating, and “biennials of resistance.” What emerges is a conflictual aesthetics that does not conform with traditional approaches to the field and that activates the political potential of artistic practice. (publisher)

Prof. Dr. Oliver Marchart teaches political theory at the University of Vienna. He was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz from April to August 2018.