As we conclude the season before the summer break we are happy to share news about our new publication and reader Artistic Ecologies: New Compasses and Tools. It is published by WHW and Sternberg Press, co-edited by Pablo Martínez, Emily Pethick, Milica Vlajković and WHW and designed by Dejan Kršić. It is the result of long-term programme Education from Below which explored art as a place for dialogue, collective learning and imagination.
It recognises that art practices can dislocate traditional divisions between theory and practice, as well as build knowledge through sharing and mutual learning.
Going beyond tensions between individuals and institutions, Artistic Ecologies: New Compasses and Tools examines avenues for engaged pedagogies, collective learning, and artistic ecologies that can engender new institutionalities.
If learning for life is emancipation—understood not just as a matter of power but of freedom—the essential question that emerges is: What knowledge makes us free and how can institutions help produce it? In search of an answer, this publication’s textual and visual contributions explore sites and practices through which new institutionalities can emerge.
Contributors list include: Luna Acosta, CAConrad, Yael Davids, Eva Ďurovec, Marina Garcés, Teuta Gatolin, Yayo Herrero, Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti (DAAR), Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Margherita Isola, Jammers, Pablo Martínez, Dan Perjovschi, Emily Pethick, Pirate Care, The Sensing Salon, Cecilia Vicuña and WHW. The book is and published under Sternberg Press and distributed by MIT Press, Art Data, Les presses du réel, and Idea Books.
As a continuation of Education from Below project WHW is continuing collaboration with Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten on a new project Artistic Ecologies: New Compasses, Tools and Alliances in collaboration with Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit, Berlin.
The exhibition Artistic Ecologies Every Day with Vlatka Horvat and Marina Naprushkina at the Gallery Nova in Zagreb is a first WHW’s event within the project that will be open in September.
The publication is a part of the two-year collaborative project Education from Below, conceived in collaboration with the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, and MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona funded by European Commission’s Creative Europe program.
This publication is also co-funded by the City Office for Culture, International Relations and Civil Society, Zagreb, and the Ministry of Culture and Media as well as the Office for Non-Governmental Organizations of the Government of the Republic of Croatia.
Through project grants to WHW Akademija this publication is supported by FfAI/Foundation for Arts Initiatives and Kontakt Collection, Vienna, and ERSTE Foundation, Vienna.