Thinking about (beyond?) social practice art… and interrogating our methodologies

An interesting article published in e-flux by Gregory Sholette (and recommended by Paul Evans): ‘After OWS: Social Practice Art, Abstraction, and the Limits of the Social’ 

One quote in particular stands out and we’d like to bring this to the Reading Loop table for discussion over the coming weeks:

Embracing [Jane] Bennett’s material vibrancy within social practice means recognizing not only the role of extra-human technologies and abstract concepts like democracy, but also the corporeal presence of “nature,” not in some sugary, universal form, but as a negation that radically confronts human culture with alterity. This line of thinking might, for instance, nudge a project focused on the interaction of human and natural ecologies within a downtown waterfront or inner-city park—to cite a couple of examples I am familiar with—into a reflection about what the river might demand from society, as opposed to what it offers city residents.

 

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