Objects of Study or Commodification of Knowledge?
September 8, 2009, 12:38 PM
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written by Simon Sheikh

“Words such as audiences, experiences and differences naturally also smack of market research and public relations management. Which has indeed been the other side of the coin, the other major shift in the public roles of the institutions, and in the mediation between artist, artistic production and reception. For a cultural industry, as well as for the currently prevalent neo-liberal governmentality, replacing publics with markets, communities with segments, and potentialities with products, are the new points of orientation, i mplemented by degree from funding and government bodies onto art institutions, as indeed any public institution.”

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Who really needs Art PhDs?
August 8, 2009, 11:40 AM
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James Elkins in conversation with Elpida Karaba. This is a brief interview, originally published in Boot Print 2 no. 2 (December 2008 [2009]: 11. (Special issue on art academies.)

“It seems that for some free studio-based systems, the so called free activities, are implicitly a subjection to the star system and the art market. They seem to consider particular programs of artistic research as a kind of mediating force, a thinking-doing space for the artist and artistic research within academia, as a possibility and opportunity to suspend the trends and demands of the curators and star seekers. Free studio-based systems in these terms are considered to be individualistic and neo-liberal thinking systems. I wonder, reversing the argument, couldn’t that be the case for the educational system of artistic research, which can be a different kind of star system itself, being subjected to a credit system and to an intense pursuit of five star institutions?”

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