To what extent can independent artists and artists’ groups retain their critical practice and values in a globalized, cultural and economic crisis? Researcher Marc Garrett is doing a series of articles/interviews for Furtherfield relating to Art & Hacktivism and also a series called Art & Freedom.
If you are interested in contributing, you can send a short bio & info about your work or projects directly to the researcher: http://www.ietm.org/?p=information&q=newsdetail&id=677
The main questions are:
To what extent can independent artists and artists’ groups retain their critical practice and values in a globalized, cultural and economic crisis?
If we are submersed within frameworks and protocols, designed by a neo-liberal elite for a generic consumer class, how can art practice offer any ‘authentic’ depth, meaning or integrity, other than what is prescribed top-down? And if there are individuals and groups out there asking similar questions in their work; who are they, and where are they?
This thesis aims to investigate where these art communities are located and what resources they provide for an imaginative and genuinely cultural autonomy. Who are the individuals and groups forging alternate routes? Can we learn from them and collaborate with them to bring about new territories for exploration beyond the limiting reductionism of de-regulated global corporatism? In what ways can art be critically minded and progressive, in order to contribute, reclaim and (potentially) build productive actions and routes that point towards social and cultural strategies opposed to the dominant paradigm?”