What We Want Is Free: Generosity And Exchange In Recent Art
SUNY Press, 2005 - Art - 184 pages
Through a variety of lenses, this book examines contemporary artists’ use of the “gift”—the distribution of goods and services—as a medium for artistic production. Featuring a detailed survey of over fifty artists’ projects from fifteen countries, What We Want Is Free explores how these artists use their projects to connect participants to tangible goods and services that they might need, enjoy, and benefit from. Samples of these various projects include the creation of free commuter bus lines and medicinal plant gardens; the distribution of such services as free housework and computer programming; and the production of community media projects such as free commuter newspapers and democratic low-wattage radio stations.
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Review: What We Want Is Free: Generosity And Exchange In Recent Art (SUNY Series in Postmodern Culture)User Review - Nikki - Goodreads
Amazing-There are a lot of useful and inspiring writings and projects within this text. I especially enjoy the work of Jorgen Svensson. Read full review
Review: What We Want Is Free: Generosity And Exchange In Recent Art (SUNY Series in Postmodern Culture)User Review - Ally - Goodreads
This book is an enjoyable, but at times unpleasantly preachy, writing about generosity and exchange in public and relational art practice. I think this is a difficult subject to parse in terms of moral or PC implications, and given those circumstances I still find this to be an enjoyable read. Read full review
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