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What we made 

On a regular ongoing basis, Create staff will recommend an article, book, or performance that has caught their eye.

This time, we’re focusing on What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation, by Tom Finkelpearl.

In What We Made, Tom Finkelpearl examines the activist, participatory, co-authored aesthetic experiences being created in contemporary art. He suggests social cooperation as a meaningful way to think about this work and provides a framework for understanding its emergence and acceptance. In a series of fifteen conversations, artists comment on their experiences working cooperatively, joined at times by colleagues from related fields, including social policy, architecture, art history, urban planning, and new media. Issues discussed include the experiences of working in public and of working with museums and libraries, opportunities for social change, the lines between education and art, spirituality, collaborative opportunities made available by new media, and the elusive criteria for evaluating cooperative art. Finkelpearl engages the art historians Grant Kester and Claire Bishop in conversation on the challenges of writing critically about this work and the aesthetic status of the dialogical encounter. He also interviews the often overlooked co-creators of cooperative art, "expert participants" who have worked with artists. In his conclusion, Finkelpearl argues that pragmatism offers a useful critical platform for understanding the experiential nature of social cooperation, and he brings pragmatism to bear in a discussion of Houston's Project Row Houses.

What We Made is published by Duke University Press
Paperback, 388 pages
ISBN: 9780822352891

Learning In Public: TransEuropean Collaborations In Socially Engaged Art. Image: Joseph Carr. 
Image: Joseph Carr

On a regular ongoing basis, Create staff will recommend an article, book, or performance that has caught their eye.
Our inaugural featured publication is Learning In Public: TransEuropean Collaborations In Socially Engaged Art.

Reflecting on the first four years of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), Learning in Public: transEuropean Collaborations in Socially Engaged Art offers a series of provocations on the role of collaborative and socially engaged arts. As well as providing a record of CAPP’s activities between 2014 and 2018, Learning in Public features contributions from the thinkers and writers Mick Wilson, Eleonora Belfiore, Aida Sánchez de Serdio Martín and Susanne Bosch, and a series of dialogues between CAPP partners and artists.

In presenting a breadth of perspectives, Learning in Public articulates the diversity of practice and approach to collaborative arts, offering difficult questions to a cultural sector facing rapid and substantial change across Europe.

Learning in Public is edited by Eleanor Turney, designed by David Caines, and produced by Create and the Live Art Development Agency, 2018.
Various authors (English)
Paperback, colour illustrations included throughout 160 pages, 21 cm x 17 cm.
ISBN: 978-0-9935611-7-7

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