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Pascal Gielen


Pascal Gielen is director of the research center Arts in Society at the Groningen University where he is associate Professor sociology of art. He is editor in-chief of the book series ‘Arts in Society’ (Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg & Groningen University). He has written several books on contemporary art, cultural heritage and cultural politics, like: Being an Artist in Post-Fordist Times (NAi, 2009), The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude. Global Art, Memory and Post-Fordism (Valiz, 2009, 2010 and 2015), Teaching Art in the Neoliberal Realm. Realism versus Cynicism (Valiz, 2013), Creativity and other Fundamentalisms (Mondriaan, 2013), Institutional Attitudes. Instituting Art in a Flat World  (Valiz, 2013), The Ethics of Art (Valiz, 2014) and Aesthetic Justice (Valiz, 2014). The research of Gielen focuses on cultural politics and the institutional contexts of the arts. His books are translated in English, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

June 22, 2016

Everyone should be creative nowadays. In the sixties, the idea of creativity was synonymous with provocation, critique and subversion while nowadays it has become a trendy word or even a moral obligation. What is the future of art and the role of artist?