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The Nightmare of Participation

Artist
Markus Miessen
Date
2010
Publisher
Sternberg Press
Format
Artists' Books
Details
Softcover
Size
11 × 18 × 3 cm
Length
304 
Description

Over the last decade, the term “participation” has become increasingly overused. When everyone has been turned into a participant, the often uncritical, innocent, and romantic use of the term has become frightening. Supported by a repeatedly nostalgic veneer of worthiness, phony solidarity, and political correctness, participation has become the default of politicians withdrawing from responsibility. Similar to the notion of an independent politician dissociated from a specific party, this third part of Miessen’s “Participation” trilogy encourages the role of what he calls the “crossbench practitioner,” an “uninterested outsider” and “uncalled participator” who is not limited by existing protocols, and who enters the arena with nothing but creative intellect and the will to generate change.

With contributions and conversation by Chantal Mouffe, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Eyal Weizman, Bassam El Baroni, Jeremy Beaudry and Carson Chan.


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  1. The Nightmare of Participation
 

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