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Radical Cosmopolitanism

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'Art' is a modern concept, limited in time and space. Its role has been taken over by the 'artworld', which thrives in our era of globalisation. Is YouTube today a more creative space than the artworld? Should we be concerned? Rasheed Araeen calls for a 'true universalism' to replace the fragmented orientations of creative work in the recent past. What would this mean as an alternative to the artworld? What strategy of creative work, in theory as well as art, could produce a social field that defies boundaries, real and imagined? What would a radical, cosmopolitan space look like that understood its task as refusing to align itself with a particular political position (even a 'progressive' position)?

Keywords: Rasheed Araeen; Third Text; YouTube politics; artworld; global aesthetics; political art; radical cosmopolitanism; theoryworld

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2009

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