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Making Matters: A Vocabulary for Collective Arts
Janneke Wesseling and Florian Cramer

Making Matters: A Vocabulary for Collective Arts, Janneke Wesseling and Florian Cramer

Making Matters: A Vocabulary for Collective Arts, Janneke Wesseling and Florian CramerMaking Matters: A Vocabulary for Collective Arts
Edited by Janneke Wesseling and Florian Cramer.

Contributions by Aliens in Green, a.pass / Lilia Mestre, Florian Cramer, Display Distribute / Elaine W. Ho, Feral Atlas / Lili Carr & Feifei Zhou Anja Groten, Thalia Hoffman, Jatiwangi art Factory / Bunga Siagian & Ismal Muntaha, Eleni Kamma, Frans-Willem Korsten, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Pia Louwerens, Dani Ploeger, Kate Rich, Femke Snelting, Olu Taiwo, Janneke Wesseling, West / Baruch Gottlieb, West / Akiem Helmling, Z. Blace.


336 pages
200 x 110 mm
ISBN 9789493246119


The world today faces overwhelming ecological and social problems and the concern for material existence on earth is more pressing than ever. Making Matters spells out various roles that visual artists and designers play facing these issues. Collective action is necessary and inevitable.

Collective action often changes the artist’s identity and working habits: from individuality and autonomy to collectivity and collaboration, both locally and globally. These developments have given rise to new kinds of collective art and design practices: artists work together with non-artists, make products for their local environment and take on multiple identities, such as researcher, community activist, computer hacker or business consultant. Making Matters looks at art practices across all continents that do not conform to a Western concept of art nor to traditional distinctions between art, design, research and activism—where the boundaries between art, design, research and activism become blurred or are dissolved.

The entries in this vocabulary experiment with concepts and keywords of current art practices that may no longer be recognisable as art.

About the Editers
Janneke Wesseling
is director of PhDArts at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts at Leiden University and professor in Art and Research at the University of the Arts, The Hague.

Florian Cramer (1969) is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and theorist. He is a reader in 21st Century Visual Culture at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.

About the Publisher
Valiz is an independent international publisher of contemporary art, theory, critique, design and urban affairs. Their books offer critical reflection, interdisciplinary inspiration, and often establish a connection between cultural disciplines and socio-political questions. Valiz publish these books out of our commitment to their content, to artistic and social issues and to the artists, designers and authors.
Apart from publishing Valiz organizes lectures, debates and other cultural projects in which certain topics in contemporary art are explored.

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