In our chaotic world of co-opted imagery, does art still have power?
A fog of images andinformation permeates the world nowadays: from advertising, television, radio, and film to the glut produced by the new economy and the rise of social media . . . where even our friends suddenly seem to be selling us the ultimate product: themselves.
Here, Nato Thompson—one of the country’s most celebrated young curators and critics—investigates what this deluge means for those dedicated to socially engaged art and activism. How can anyone find a voice and make change in a world flooded with such pseudo-art? How are we supposed to discern what’s true in the product emanating from the ceaseless machine of consumer capitalism, a machine that appropriates from art history, and now from the methods of grassroots political organizing and even social networking?
Thompson’s invigorating answers to those questions highlights the work of some of the most innovative and interesting artists and activists working today, as well as institutions that empower their communities to see power and reimagine it. From cooperative housing to anarchist infoshops to alternative art venues, Seeing Power reveals ways that art today can and does inspire innovation and dramatic transformation . . . perhaps as never before.
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This is an exceptional book. Complex ideas clearly set out in very readable prose. Best of all though is the excitement, the hope and the inspiration for those of us who make work with the fervent wish that our work will be a part of a crucial dialogue about the world we want to live in. I love Thompson's inclusion of the importance of conviviality in the process of us working at "the intersection of art and politics". Dont just read it - do it!
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