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34 EpisodesProduced by Pierre d'AlancaisezWebsite

I interview authors of new books in art, critical theory, creative industry studies, and philosophy for the New Books Network.Pierre d’Alancaisez is a curator and critic. He investigates interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and the relationship between artists’ access to non-arts skills and the impa… read more

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Mattin: Social Dissonance

June 28th, 2022


We are not what we think we are. Our self-image as natural individuated subjects is determined behind our backs: historically by political forces, …

Kuba Szreder: The ABC of the Projectariat

June 23rd, 2022


Labour has taken an about-turn. From Adam Smith’s proposal for specialisation which saw the factory line reorganised so that each worker needed to understand only a small aspect of the production process, many …

Joshua Citarella: Politigram & the Post-left

May 28th, 2022


The internet’s potential to perform political miracles has been a source of both hope and disappointment for many grassroots movements. We remember …

David Swift: The Identity Myth

May 22nd, 2022


In conversations about polarised political issues, phrases like ‘it’s not about race, it’s about class’ have become the perfect way to induce a …

Mike Watson: The Memeing of Mark Fisher

May 10th, 2022


Through his blog K-Punk, Mark Fisher become one of the cult figures of cultural theory after the economic crash of 2008. One of Fisher's insights, …

Georgina Adam, Nizan Shaked: The problem with museums

May 2nd, 2022


In the past few years, museums of contemporary art have come under a fair deal of scrutiny. Pressures from groups such as Decoloinise This Place or …

David Maroto: The Artist’s Novel

April 1st, 2022


For better or worse, artists write. But why would a visual artist write a novel? How should such a novel be experienced? How does the artist’s novel …

Abigail Susik: Surrealist Sabotage

March 23rd, 2022


According to the definition offered by Tate on the occasion of the exhibition Surrealism Without Borders, Surrealism “aims to revolutionise human …

Julian Stallabrass: Killing for Show

February 25th, 2022

Killing for Show 
Photography, War, and the Media in Vietnam and Iraq Julian Stallabrass

Published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2020

Keller Easterling: Medium Design

February 9th, 2022

Medium Design 
Knowing How to Work on the World Keller Easterling

Published by Verso, 2020
ISBN 9781788739320

How do we formulate alternative …

Nina Power: What Do Men Want?

February 7th, 2022

What Do Men Want? 
Masculinity and Its Discontents Nina Power

Published by Penguin/Allen Lane, 2022
ISBN 9780241356500

Something is definitely up …

Grant Tavinor: The Aesthetics of Virtual Reality

January 20th, 2022

The Aesthetics of Virtual Reality Grant Tavinor

Published by Routledge, 2021
ISBN 9780367619251

When philosophers have approached virtual reality, they have almost always done so through the lens of metaphysics, asking …

Michael Newall: A Philosophy of the Art School

January 8th, 2022

A Philosophy of the Art School Michael Newall

Published by Routledge, 2021
ISBN 9781032094342

If one were to devise a motto for the art school of …

Anna Watkins Fisher: The Play in the System

January 1st, 2022

The Play in the System
The Art of Parasitical Resistance Anna Watkins Fisher

Published by Duke University Press, 2021
ISBN 9781478009702

What does artistic resistance look like in the twenty-first century, when …

Kim Charnley: Sociopolitical Aesthetics

November 22nd, 2021

Sociopolitical Aesthetics 
Art, Crisis and Neoliberalism Kim Charnley

Published by Bloomsbury, 2021
ISBN 9781350008748

Since the turn of the …

Adam Lehrer: Communions

November 7th, 2021

Communions Adam Lehrer

Published by Hyperidean Press, 2021
ISBN 9781916376755

Artists from Kurt Cobain to Amy Winehouse command fascination not only for their work but also for their drug addictions and the manner of …

Fuller, Weizman: Investigative Aesthetics

October 10th, 2021

Investigative Aesthetics 
Conflicts and Commons in the Politics of Truth Matthew Fuller
Eyal Weizman

Published by Verso, 2021
ISBN 9781788739085

Alana Jelinek: Between Discipline and a Hard Place

October 2nd, 2021

Between Discipline and a Hard Place
The Value of Contemporary Art Alana Jelinek

Published by Bloomsbury, 2020
ISBN 9781350100473

Some fields have an easier time describing themselves than others. “History is the study …

Hannah Wohl: Bound by Creativity

August 1st, 2021

Bound by Creativity
How Contemporary Art is Created and Judged Hannah Wohl

Published by University of Chicago Press, 2021
ISBN 9780226784694

What is creativity? While our traditional view of creative work might lead us …

Patricia Bickers: The Ends of Art Criticism

July 26th, 2021

The Ends of Art Criticism Patricia Bickers

Published by Lund Humphries, 2021
ISBN 9781848224261

Crisis? What Crisis? At a time where there are repeated claims of the impending demise of art criticism, The Ends of Art …

Frans-Willem Korsten: Art as an Interface of Law and Justice

July 21st, 2021

Art as an Interface of Law and Justice 
Affirmation, Disturbance, Disruption Frans-Willem Korsten

Published by Hart, 2021
ISBN 9781509944347

Art as …

Gayle Rogers: Speculation

July 11th, 2021

A Cultural History from Aristotle to AI Gayle Rogers

Published by Columbia University Press, 2021
ISBN 9780231200219

In a world that …

Caroline Seymour-Jorn: Creating Spaces of Hope

June 26th, 2021

Creating Spaces of Hope 
Young Artists And The New Imagination In Egypt Caroline Seymour-Jorn

Published by The American University in Cairo Press, …

Gemma Commane: Bad Girls, Dirty Bodies

June 4th, 2021

Bad Girls, Dirty Bodies
Sex, Performance and Safe Femininity Gemma Commane

Published by Bloomsbury, 2021
ISBN 9781788311267

What makes a woman ‘bad’ is commonly linked to certain ‘qualities’ or behaviours seen as …

François Matarasso: A Restless Art

May 31st, 2021

A Restless Art 
How participation won, and why it matters François Matarasso

Published by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (open access), 2019

Jennifer Ponce de León: Another Aesthetics Is Possible

May 24th, 2021

Another Aesthetics Is Possible
Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War Jennifer Ponce de León

Published by Duke University Press, 2021
ISBN  9781478011255

In Another Aesthetics Is Possible Jennifer Ponce de León …

Anthony Downey: Research/Practice

May 10th, 2021


edited by Anthony Downey

I’m good at love, I’m good at hate, it’s in between I freeze / Michael Rakowitz
The General’s Stork / Heba Y. AminRachel Armstrong

Published by Sternberg Press, 2019, 2020

Danielle Child: Working Aesthetics

April 13th, 2021

Working Aesthetics Danielle Child

Published by Bloomsbury, 2019
ISBN 9781350022393

Working Aesthetics is the story of art and work under contemporary capitalism. Whilst labour used to be regarded as an unattractive …

Armstrong, Hughes: The Art of Experiment

April 1st, 2021

The Art of Experiment 
Post-pandemic Knowledge Practices for 21st Century Architecture and Design Rolf Hughes
Rachel Armstrong

Published by Routledge

Shannan Clark: The Making of the American Creative Class

March 21st, 2021

The Making of the American Creative Class Shannan Clark

Published by Oxford University Press, 2020
ISBN 9780199731626

During the middle decades of …

Forkert, Oliveri, Bhattacharyya, Graham: How media and conflicts make migrants

March 2nd, 2021

How media and conflicts make migrants Kirsten Forkert
Federico Oliveri
Gargi Bhattacharyya
Janna Graham

Published by Manchester University Press, 2020
ISBN 9781526138118

Has ‘migrant’ become an unshakeable identity for …

Jonas Staal: Propaganda Art in the 21st Century

January 23rd, 2021

Propaganda Art in the 21st Century Jonas Staal

Published by MIT Press, 2019
ISBN 9780262042802

How to understand propaganda art in the post-truth era — and how to create a new kind of emancipatory propaganda art. …

Leigh Claire La Berge: Wages Against Artwork

January 19th, 2021

Wages Against Artwork
Decommodified Labor and the Claims of Socially Engaged Art Leigh Claire La Berge

Published by Duke University Press, 2019
ISBN 9781478004233

The last twenty years have seen a rise in the …

Tom Holert: Knowledge Beside Itself

January 4th, 2021

Knowledge Beside Itself
Contemporary Art’s Epistemic Politics Tom Holert

Published by Sternberg Press, 2020
ISBN 9783943365979

What is the role and …

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