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This Old Firehouse
Over the past twenty years, an abundance of art forms have emerged thatuse aesthetics to affect social dynamics. These works are often produced bycollectives or come out of a community context; they emphasize participation, dialogue, and action, and appear in situations ranging from theater to activism tourban planning to visual art to health care. Engaged with the texture of living, these art works often blur the line between art and life. This book offers the firstglobal portrait of a complex and exciting mode of cultural production--one that hasvirtually redefined contemporary art practice. "Living as Form"grew out of a major exhibition at Creative Time in New York City. Like theexhibition, the book is a landmark survey of more than 100 projects selected by athirty-person curatorial advisory team; each project is documented by a selection ofcolor images. The artists include the Danish collective Superflex, who empowercommunities to challenge corporate interest; Turner Prize nominee Jeremy Deller, creator of socially and politically charged performance works; Women on Waves, whoprovide abortion services and information to women in regions where the procedure isillegal; and Santi?go Cirugeda, an architect who builds temporary structures tosolve housing problems.
"Living as Form"contains commissioned essays from noted critics and theorists who look at thisphenomenon from a global perspective and broaden the range of what constitutes thisform.
Contributing authorsClaire Bishop, Carol Becker, Teddy Cruz, Brian Holmes, Shannon Jackson, Maria Lind, Anne Pasternak, Nato Thompson
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