“On Veridiction: Metrologies of Art in the European Welfare State”

Project presentation at the Foucault Circle annual meeting, hosted this year by the Loyola Marymount University. The conference paper is being made ready for publication. In the meantime, this is the conference abstract: In this paper, we elaborate on Foucault’s term “veridiction” and explore how it illuminates the recent developments in governing the arts in…

Workshop: Art for Integration

In the morning session we presented and discussed a typology of govermentalization. In the afternoon workshop we worked with the typology to critically reflect on the social relevance of the artistic work the participants had engaged with. We also looked at Swedish cultural policy goals, discussed their relevance to the participants’ work, and discussed what indicators are…

On Veridiction: The Case of Art in the European Welfare State

Forthcoming The seventeenth annual meeting of the Foucault Circle Los Angeles, California March 23-25, 2017 (hosted by Loyola Marymount University) In this paper, we focus on Foucault’s term “veridiction” and explore how it can illuminate the recent developments in governing the arts in European welfare states. For Foucault in Biopolitics, the market becomes something like…

Art for Control: Inscription Devices and the Politics of Debt

The current “Social Turn” in the arts is re-inscribing the ways in which art is connected to notions of social cohesion and community. For example, L. Ruffel argues that the nineteenth-century aesthetic notion of art which created “the grounds for a sensus communis” is being replaced by “micro-political approaches … privileging the inscription of the…

Cultural Policies, Metrologies and the Dispositif of Art Management

Cultural policies are analyzed as producing what Latour calls metrologies; that is, measuring devices and, by extension, concepts and instruments that contribute to the progressive socialization and naturalization of art effects such as social sustainability, community cohesion, social capital, and innovation. The case analyzed will be the art scene of the city of Malmö, its policies…

Art for Integration

Cities increasingly use artistic and cultural activities to promote active citizenship and social cohesion. We suggest that city-sponsored cultural and artistic practices in Sweden are finding a new discursive context in migration. In this article, we look at two artistic and cultural institutions in Malmö, Sweden: Arena 305 and Drömmarnas hus. We develop a typology…