Dark Matter - Gregory Sholette
Dictionay of War Taipei, October 24th 2008
Sholette's research into politically-engaged artists' collectives raises the following proposition: cultural economies are secretly dependent upon a sphere of hidden social production involving cooperative networks, systems of gift exchange, unwaged labor, and collective forms of practice that act as a type of missing mass or dark matter, which the art world typically refuses to acknowledge. Thanks in large part to the spread of digital networks, however, this dark matter is getting brighter. By looking at more than 30 years of contemporary artists' collectives, Sholette's research attempts to map this materializing missing mass politically, as part of a broader history from below.
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