VISA 375 Reading List

(Required in Bold, otherwise recommended)

Artist’s Role

  • Ann Hamilton Making Not Knowing from Learning Mind: Experience Into Art p.66-73
  • Excerpts from AKADEMIE X: Lessons in Art + Life 2015
  • James Elkins (Ed) What do Artists Know? 2012
  • Michael Schwab (Ed) Experimental Systems: Future Knowledge in Artistic Research 2013
  • Estelle Barrett Experiential Learning in practice as research: context, method, knowledge from Journal of Visual Art Practice, Volume 6 Number 2, 2007 p.115-123
  • Janet Eyler Creating Your Reflection Map from New Directions for Higher Education114, Summer 2001 p.35-43

Artist Run Culture

  • Gabriele Detterer The Spirit and Culture of Artist-Run Spaces in Artist Run Spaces:  Nonprofit Collective Organizations in the 1960s and 1970s10-49
  • AA Bronson The Humiliation of the Bureaucrat:  Artist-Run Centres as Museums by Artists first from Museums by artists (Available here)
  • AA Bronson The Transfiguration of the Bureaucrat in Institutions by Artists (Available here)
  • Keith Wallace Artist-Run Centres in Vancouver:  A Reflection on Three Texts in Institutions by Artists (Available here)

Commercial & International Events

  • Michael Turner Whose Business Is It? Vancouver’s Commercial Galleries and the Production of Art in Vancouver Art & Economies205-218
  • Sarah Thornton The Fair in Seven Days in the Art World  76-104
  • Jan Verwoert The Curious Case of Biennial Art in Filipovic, Van Hal, Ovstebo The Biennial Reader
  • Okwui Enwezor Mega-Exhibitions and the Antinomies of the Transnational Global Form in Filipovic, Van Hal, Ovstebo The Biennial Reader
  • Gerardo Mosquera Beyond Anthropophagy: Art, Interantionaization, and Cultural Dynamics in The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds
  • Sara Giannini J’est un autre: Notes on Cannibalism and Contemporary Art from The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds

The Artist’s Studio

  • Daniel Buren Function of the Studio in Museums by artists p.61-67 (on Connect)
  • Rebecca Fortnum Creative Accounting: Not Knowing in Talking and Making from On Not Knowing: How Artists Think 70-87
  • Glenn Adamson and Julia Bryan-Wilson Art in the Making Artists and their Materials: From Studio to Crowdsourcing 2016
  • Caitlin Jones The Function of the Studio (When the Studio is a Laptop) from STUDIO, p.116-121
  • Mary Jane Jacobs and Michelle Grabner The Studio Reader 2010
  • Edited by Jens Hoffman STUDIO (From Whitechapel’s Documents of Contemporary Art series) 2012
  • Twyla Tharp The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use it for Life 2003

Artist as Activist

  • Alfredo Jaar It is Difficult from from Learning Mind: Experience Into Art82-89
  • Claire Bishop Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics in October 110, Fall 2004. P.51-79 
  • Renzo Martens and Joe Penney ‘Enjoy Poverty’: Interview with Renzo Martens  (Available here)
  • Marcus Steinweg Art between Affirmation and Critique in Scandalous: A Reader on Art and Ethics p.169-175
  • Boris Groys On Art Activism from e-flux (Available here)
  • Chantal Mouffe Artistic Activism and Agonistic Spaces Art&Research 2007
  • Mick Wilson Autonomy, Agonism, and Activist Art: An Interview with Grant Kester from Art Journal 2006
  • Nicolas Bourriaud Excerpt from Relational Aesthetics (Presses du Réel, 1998, trans. 2002)

The Artist’s Labour

  • Pascal Gielen The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude: Global Art, Memory and Post-Fordism12-32 (On Connect)
  • Turions, Cheyanne Youth in Revolt: Precarious Labour, the Young Curator and Sectorial Burn Out in the Media Arts  (Available here)
  • Claire Fontaine Human Strike has Already Begun in Human Strike Has Already Begun & Other Writings29-33  PDF Download available here:
  • Andrea Fraser It’s Art When I Say It’s Art, Or… in Museum Highlights, the Writings of Andrea Fraser p.37-44
  • Liam Gillick The Good of Work Available here:
  • Keti Chukhrov On the False Democracy of Contemporary Art from e-flux Available here:
  • Hans Haacke All the Art that’s Fit to Show from Museums by artists p.151-152
  • Pascal Gielen The Art Scene. A Clever Working Model for Economic Exploitation? from Open 17:  A Precarious Existence, Vulnerability in the Public Domain

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