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Beyond counting

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The pauperised 'field of art' reminds one of the desert of impotent creativity, which spreads from galleries/museums/ biennials into the common space and gentrifies it under the brand name of public art. In light of these circumstances, this article points to the need to reject the dictate of legitimacy in art, which is established through evaluation of artists and their works. The distinctly hierarchical mechanisms of the art system, founded upon the logic of counting, reproduce inequality, which is aestheticised, masked and packaged as seemingly emancipatory, participatory and collaborative. In all this, the economics of art/culture is merely a method for a systematic modification of strategically disobedient creativity. Therefore, the rejection of the logic of counting at the cost of rejecting art as such is one of the greatest fears of capitalism and the power of the politics of resistance.
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Keywords: art-which-is-not-art; counting; emancipation; evaluation; gap; legitimacy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2014

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