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Progressive Art Institutions in the Age of Dissolving Welfare States | 14 comments
[new] experimentation and hegemony (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#12)
by MonikaMokre on Mon Feb 16th, 2004 at 10:06:52 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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I like the notion that art is less about resistance than about experimentation as, in this way, one can open up perspectives that go beyond hegemonic paradigmas - as hegemony is not only the exercise of power (in this case, resistance would be the right counter-strategy) but, more importantly, it makes alternatives invisible or, even, unthinkable.

However, this is a theoretical argument and in a strategic-political sense, the question remains how one can distinguish between experiments that go beyond hegemony and experiments that simply make the hegemonic world a bit more colorful. Needless to say that no final and generally valid answer is possible in post-marxist times. Still, I think, that "providing an open space in which things can emerge" as FelixStalder proposes is not enough to work on this distinction. Also, it may be true, as GeertLovink percevies that "perhaps these days clashes with authorities just happen, not out of a mentality or belief system but in much more random, accidental way ..." but I guess if we are talking about political strategies or counter-strategies we have to define - temporary and dynamic - political goals that can and should be criticised, antagonised and transformed. But critique is only possible if there are previous assumptions on what progressive political acting is about.

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