Art on the supply and demand market
Artists in the 21st century hardly seem to show any interest in formulating
a critical attitude towards society. Technological progress and globalisation
have done away with the gap between critique and its object. In this so-called
depoliticised society, art is in need of a (re)positioning.
The roles of the traditional left and right, of idealism and commerce,
seem to have been reversed. The debate on the relation between ‘low’ and ‘high’ culture,
the most essential issue in modern art, is once again on the agenda, albeit
in a new guise. It is no longer a question of innovation and development
the paradigm of modern art, but of its accessibility and the range of its audience.
The democratic influence of the mass media has conferred enormous power on
the public. The existing notions of individual and community, culture and
identity, are no longer the same on this supply and demand market. How do
relate to idealistic, independent art and to the commercial market? Is there
still anything like ‘autonomous’ art or an ‘alternative’ subculture?
What do artists and designers see as their role in observing the modern world
and how do they intervene in it?
Artists, designers, theoreticians and television makers formulated
their views on this set of issues in Democratic Design, The Lectures,
which took place in
Casco in 2001-2002. The texts in the present publication are revised versions
of the lectures and audiovisual presentations that were given in that framework.
CASCO is an office for contemporary art. We develop and produce art
projects, publish our own magazine Casco-Issues and organise lectures
T/F + 31(0)30 2319995Lisette Smits
director Casco, Utrecht