Instituting the Common in the Artistic Circulation: From Entrepreneurship of the Self to Entrepreneurship of the Multitude

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Kuba Szreder

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In this paper I trace the contradictions embedded in global artistic circulation, which is dialectically analysed as a nexus of exploitation and a site where the commons can be instituted. To enable this argument, I synthesise the methodologies of dialectical materialism, the sociology of art and action research, supplementing a theoretical overview of systemic pressures with a keen observation of the social practices that emerge in critical response to it. Basing my analysis on empirical evidence, I examine social conflicts, triggered by the extracting value from the distributed labour of artistic networks, as political opportunities to be seized by progressive art workers. Thus, I propose a new perspective on current processes of incorporating contemporary art into the late-capitalist cycles of accumulation and modes of establishing and reproducing social distinctions. Instead of mourning for – presumably lost but still positively valorised – artistic autonomy, I argue for a revamping of the apparatuses regulating artistic circulation for the sake of the labouring multitudes.

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Szreder, K. (2018). Instituting the Common in the Artistic Circulation: From Entrepreneurship of the Self to Entrepreneurship of the Multitude. Praktyka Teoretyczna, 27(1), 193-223. https://doi.org/10.14746/prt.2018.1.8
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THE PAST AND FUTURE OF COOPERATIVISM
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Kuba Szreder, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

lecturer at the department of art theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Graduate of sociology at the Jagiellonian University (Krakow), he received PhD from the Loughborough University School of the Arts. He combines his research with independent curatorial practice. In his interdisciplinary projects he carries out artistic and organizational experiments, hybridizing art with other domains of life. In 2009 he initiated Free / Slow University of Warsaw, with which he completed several inquiries into the political economy of contemporary artistic production, such as Joy Forever. Political Economy of Social Creativity (2011) and Art Factory. Division of labor and distribution of resources in the field of contemporary art in Poland (2014). Editor and author of several catalogues, readers, book chapters and articles. In his most recent book ABC of Projectariat (Polish edition, 2016), he scrutinizes economic and governmental aspects of project-related modes of artistic production.

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