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Out now: The Practice of. By a collective first person “I”.

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Dutch version (digital) available herearrow

The Practice of that was released alongside the exhibition Ux, User Experience, U and X at A Tale of A Tub is the first product of an ongoing research project facilitated by Rob Leijdekkers (member research group Creative and Cultural Industries), Brenda Tempelaar and Hedwig Houben (members workgroup Creative and Cultural Industries). The Practice of assembles multiple first-person experiences taken from the Dutch art field. The experiences are either those of a character named GOOD, or a character named BAD. GOOD represents the part of contemporary art that follows protocols for individual success and recognition, while BAD represents alternatives such as collective practices and sharing responsibility. In using this apparent dichotomy, the publication The Practice of demonstrates the negotiation that takes place between both positions, illuminating the various dilemmas that practitioners in contemporary art are confronted with. Based on real situations, the publication presents various dilemmas and dogmas that exist in the production and presentation of art. It assumes the position of a collective first-person ‘I’, in an attempt to offer insight in the interests at play in the predominantly hierarchical closed-circuit of the Dutch art field and extends an invitation to the reader to become involved. Through the figure of the ‘I’, it questions the position presumptuously taken by artists and art institutions alike and explores possible ways to vacate these positions in favour of new attitudes and models. The Practice of discusses issues such as fair pay and remuneration structures, exclusion and inclusion, homogeneity and heterogeneity, authorship and individuality versus the possibilities of democratized and collective practices.

For more information on the exhibition and publication:
UX, User Experience, U and X, an exhibition ecosystem by The Practice of Brenda Tempelaararrow

‘As a result of my current research, I ask the students the questions “what is your work” and “what works for you.’

Rob Leijdekkers is a researcher at the Cultural and Creative Industries research group and a tutor at the Art & Research programme at St. Joost School of Art & Design. 

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Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

The research group Cultural and Creative Industries investigates the role of artists and designers as creative innovators and drivers of social and economic change. Affiliated researchers analyse the cultural and creative industries from a critical point of view and examine the conditions under which timely forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness can actually take place within the precarious reality of this field. What economic models are required by artists and designers to create a meaningful practice within the aesthetic, social, and economic intentions of the cultural and creative industries? What skills sets are required for those artists and designers who don’t just want to follow movements, but actually shape novel social and economic models of the future?

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