Dystopian and Utopian Impulses in Art Making (Book)

The World We Want

Explores a variety of artistic responses to contemporary global crises including climate emergency, global and local inequalities and the COVID-19 pandemic. Focuses on how artistic production is adapting and offers a series of artistic, curatorial considerations and pedagogical proposals for the world we live in and the one we want. 115 b&w illus.

Category: Contemporary Art

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This edited collection explores a variety of artistic responses to contemporary global crises – including the climate emergency, global and local inequalities and the COVID-19 pandemic. It focuses on how artistic production is adapting to a world in constant crisis and offers a series of artistic, curatorial considerations and pedagogical proposals for the world we live in now, and the world we want.

Grace McQuilten is a senior lecturer and leader of the Contemporary Art and Social Transformation Research Group at RMIT University, Australia. Grace completed her Ph.D. in art history at the University of Melbourne in 2008. In 2016, she published the book Art as Enterprise: Social & Economic Engagement in Contemporary Art (co-authored with Dr Anthony White, IB Tauris,2016) and in 2011 Art in Consumer Culture (Ashgate Publishing, 2011). She has curated major exhibitions at venues including the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Immigration Museum of Victoria and National Gallery of Victoria and has presented public art projects and events for festivals such as the Sustainable Living Festival, the State of Design Festival, Craft Cubed and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

Daniel Palmer is associate dean of Research and Innovation in the School of Art at RMIT University. Palmer holds a Ph.D from the University of Melbourne and his research and professional practice focuses on contemporary art and cultural theory, with a particular emphasis on photography, digital media and art and politics. Palmer’s book publications include Installation View: Photography Exhibitions in Australia 1848–2020 (Perimeter Editions 2021) with Martyn Jolly; Photography and Collaboration: From Conceptual Art to Crowdsourcing (Bloomsbury 2017); Digital Light (Open Humanities Press, 2015), edited with Sean Cubitt and Nathaniel Tkacz; The Culture of Photography in Public Space (Intellect 2015), edited with Anne Marsh and Melissa Miles; Twelve Australian Photo Artists (Piper Press, 2009), co-authored with Blair French; and Photogenic (Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2005).

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