Art and the Racial State

In 2016, the Swedish government allocated SEK 100 million to arts projects in the Million Programs. In this paper we conceptualize one part of this venture in terms of its biopolitical parameters. We describe how it is conceived in by the Arts Council of England and how it is relocated in the Swedish context. We…

Telematic Governmentality: Digitising Theatre, Intensifying Policy

Digitisation offers a way of understanding the micro-stakes of artistic practice in the macro-tensions of cultural policy. European cultural policy has arguably undergone four transformations since its inception in the 1960s and 70s: 1) emphasising excellence and democratisation, 2) increasing decentralisation and regionalisation, 3) including entertainment culture and the cultural industries, and 4) characterised by…

“Let Culture Loose”

“Let Culture Loose wants to take creativity out on the streets in Kroksbäck/Holma! The stories of the locals are at the centre. In the Summer of 2018 we will have a big show together in the neighborhood. The project is driven by Flamman Ungdomarnas Hus (youth centre Flamman) together with MKB (Malmö public housing company)…

“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…

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…