From CREATING INSECURITY:
Following the words of Giorgio Agamben (from his 2001 article, “On Security and Terror”), security has become the basic principle of international politics after 9/11, and the sole criterion of “political legitimization.” But security — reducing plural, spontaneous, and surprising phenomena to a level of calcuability — also seems to operate against a political legitimacy based on possibilities of dissent, and and stands in clear opposition to artistic creativity. Being uncalculable by nature, art is often incompatible with the demands of security and consequently viewed as a “risk,” leading to the arrest of artists, and a neutralisation of innovative elements for the sake of security.
Has art become the last enclave of a critique of violence? Yet how “risky” can art be?
The contributors to CREATING INSECURITY address these questions at the intersection of art, technology, and politics.
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