Artists Remake the World introduces the English philosophy lecturer Vid Simoniti readers to the political ambitions of contemporary art at the beginning of the 21st century and presents a new, far-reaching account of art's political potential. The book examines innovations such as evidence-driven art, socially engaged art, and ecological art, and explores how artists have attempted to offer bold solutions to the world's problems.
Vid Simoniti offers original perspectives on contemporary art and its capacity as a force for political and social change. At its best, he argues, contemporary art allows us to imagine utopias and presents us with hard truths that mainstream political discourse cannot yet articulate.
Covering topics such as climate change, social justice and global inequality, Simoniti introduces the reader to a host of visionary contemporary artists from around the globe, including Ai Weiwei, Olafur Eliasson, Wangechi Mutu, Naomi Rincón Gallardo and Hito Steyerl.
The book offers a philosophy of contemporary art as an experimental branch of politics and equips the reader with a new critical apparatus for thinking about political art today.
Vid Simoniti is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Liverpool, formerly a junior researcher at the University of Cambridge. He is a BBC New Generation Thinker 2021 and co-chair of a fully funded four-year conference program at the Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park Foundation.
Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.5 cm
Author: Svetlana Alpers
Publisher: Yale University Press