The Artist as Public Intellectual?

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The Artist as Public Intellectual?

Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen

Publications of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vol. 1

Engl., 168 p., numerous color images, 22 x 16,5 cm, paperback

2008

ISBN 978-3-85160-117-6

18,50 € [A]

18,00 € [D]

In reading all the theoretical contributions to this book, an essentially common idea of the social can be observed which is of fundamental importance for a new definition of artistic production: a process-related order of institutionalized actions, including the linguistic actions to which individuals are exposed. For here, in the repetition of such institutionalized acts, is where subjects first emerge at all. Objects, whether they be objects of everyday use or whole architectures, are like moulds which provide for the institutionalization of actions. The artist emerges as a social figure, as the product of a society and the agent of political interests. From this point of view, the status of objects, the status of the “work” is not the expression of a circumscribed meaning, but the instrument of forming a subject. The opposition of theory and practice becomes obsolete. Subject and object are meaning written into actions.

With contributions by Rosalyn Deutsche, Manthia Diawara, Andrea Geyer, Thomas Hirschhorn, Christian Höller, Silvia Kolbowski and Chantal Mouffe and an interview with Sabeth Buchmannw and Barbara Kruger.