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Introduction: The Social as Always Already the Political

Chapter in book
Authors Mick Wilson
Published in Public Enquiries : PARK LEK and the Social Turn in Scandinavian Contexts, Mick Wilson et al. (eds)
ISBN 9781911164302
Publisher Black Dog Press
Place of publication London
Publication year 2018
Published at Valand Academy
Language en
Keywords contemporary art; the social turn; socially engaged practice; neoliberalism; local democracy; urbanism
Subject categories Rhetoric, Aesthetics, Cultural Studies, Design, Architecture, Visual Arts


This essay maps the faultlines in recent debates on the social turn in contemporary art practice and provides an account of how the changing and divergent terms of social practices (collaborative arts, participatory arts, socially engaged art etc.) may be conceptualised within a broad framework. It also provides an account of PARK LEK, Kerstin Bergendal's major art project within the terms of this conceptualisation, and makes a claim for the way practice leads - and is in advance of - the theoretical and critical frameworks proposed for this domain of practice.

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