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Things for Politics' Sake: Aesthetic Objects and Social Change

Project description

How aesthetic objects change society and politics

Many believe that art is transformative, that it can change society and politics. The EU-funded THINGSTIGATE project advances toward theorising how this transformation happens. THINGSTIGATE hypothesises that this transformation pivots on aesthetic objects, and occurs within a tripartite framework of imagination, emotion, and sociopolitical institutions. The project combines archival studies, participatory art in everyday life, and longitudinal tracing of aesthetic objects, specifically ones that stimulate imagination and emotion on the nation state as a sociopolitical institution. It will reinvent methods from large-scale studies of contentious politics to analyse three decades of ”socially engaged art” archives, putting objects in grammatical subject positions in describing sociopolitical networks. Findings will be tested in public interventions where participants assemble aesthetic objects.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 499 586,00
405 30 Goeteborg

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Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 499 586,00