Edited by: Matthias Hvass Borello
Berlin, Germany: Revolver Press, 2015
Dimensions: 8.25" x 7.25" x 1.25"
Binding: spiral bound
Color: full color throughout
Our own Brett Bloom has an essay in this book called, "You're So Vain, You Probably Think the Art is About You, Don't You?" It is a discussion of many of the biases that socially engaged art still faces from market-based pedagogical indoctrination in art schools, and art criticism perspectives, that insist that art objects dominate how we think about and make art. It also presents an analysis of how Balfelt's work embodies its ethics and practice, rather than making claims about social engagement that are never met.
Here is a description of the book from the publisher:
Art as Social Practice – A critical investigation of works by Kenneth A. Balfelt looks at a number of vigorously debated collaborative projects undertaken over the past twelve years in and outside Denmark by artist Kenneth A. Balfelt. It contains both introductions to five projects, interviews with the people involved in the projects and finally four essays trying to reflect on the impact of these kinds of artworks.
As in many other social art practices Balfelt frequently works with a highly-defined and often marginalised group. We will therefore meet people involved directly or indirectly in the projects – also those who are not normally heard in the field of art criticism or not normally encountered by the public – in our effort to vitalize and qualify the critical language on social practices as a part of the contemporary art field.
Art as Social Practice is a publication on contemporary art practices concerned and engaged in social issues and life with theoretical contributions by Barbara Steiner (DE), Brett Bloom (US), Matthias Hvass Borello (DK) and Daniel Tucker (US).