Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East

Downey, Anthony (2016) Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East. Visual Culture in the Middle East, 03 . Sternberg Press, Berlin, Germany. ISBN 978-3-95679-246-5

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Abstract

Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East examines the role played by cultural institutions in producing present-day and future contexts for the production, dissemination, and reception of contemporary art in the Middle East and North Africa. It provides critical contexts for a discussion that has become increasingly urgent in recent years—the role of culture in a time of conflict and globalization—and critiques the historical state of cultural institutions in an age of political upheaval, social unrest, exuberant cultural activity, ascendant neoliberal forms of privatization, social activism, and regional uncertainty.

Future Imperfect draws attention to the ongoing demands and antagonisms that have affected cultural production across the region, in both historical and recent post-revolutionary contexts. In doing so, the book offers an in-depth discussion of how cultural producers have developed alternative institutional models to negotiate the constraints placed on their practices. How cultural institutions operate within the conditions of a global cultural economy, and alongside the often conflicting demands they place on cultural production in the region, is likewise an overarching point of reference throughout this volume.

While the politics of contemporary cultural production and institutional practices in the Middle East can tell us a great deal about local and regional concerns, one of the cornerstone ambitions of this volume is to inquire into what they can also impart about the politics of global cultural production. This involves exploring the multiple ways in which contemporary art practices are being reduced, willingly or otherwise, to the logic of global capital. What is needed in terms of infrastructure for cultural production today and how can we speculatively propose new infrastructures and institutions in the context of current realities?

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Additional Information: From review in Journal of Arabian Studies, 7:sup1, 119-121, DOI: 10.1080/21534764.2017.1352172, by Katerina Falęcka "It is with an eye turned towards the future that Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East opens up a discussion about the cultural infrastructure of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Composed of nearly thirty essays and inter- views, edited by Anthony Downey, and published at a time when political turmoil marginalizes the role of culture in many parts of the region, this volume considers the potentialities for rethink- ing cultural institutions from within crisis. In order to think of the institution in relation to civil society and grassroots movements, the volume conceptualizes it as both material and immaterial, physical and digital, existing and imaginary, seeking to develop new models that, in the future, could also be implemented on the ground."
Uncontrolled Keywords: Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East examines the crisis in cultural institutions in the region since 2011. The book also offers an in-depth discussion of how cultural producers, post-revolution, have developed alternative institutional models to negotiate the constraints placed on their practices under the conditions of a global cultural economy.
Subjects: G200 Operational Research
K100 Architecture
K200 Building
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L100 Economics
L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L600 Anthropology
L700 Human and Social Geography
N200 Management studies
N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
P300 Media studies
T600 Modern Middle Eastern studies
W100 Fine Art
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Architecture and Design
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Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 17:55
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2017 14:41
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5199

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