The Politicized Practice Research Group starts from a shared question rather than a specific disciplinary context, asking, how can contemporary art contribute to social and political change? Politicized Practice is not about attempting a ‘representation’ of politics. Our aim is to act on and intervene into the political conditions of specific disciplines, for example, visual culture’s relationship to art history, anti-art ideas in relation to Fine Art practice and social graphics’ relationship to capital. ‘Critical practice’ denotes the various modernist projects in which a medium determines its own limits and specialisms through the use of its own methods and concepts; for example, where painting critiques painting, and thought critiques thought. ‘Politicized practice’, therefore, enables us to engage in a more productive collection of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary dialogues and debates.
Through a combination of cultural production and the development of theoretical and critical perspectives we examine culture’s role in the development of the public sphere. Our work acknowledges the function of culture in the articulation of politics and asserts its contribution to emancipation through art and design. Our research in this field manifests in direct public engagement, through events, projects and publishing. The scope of research undertaken within the group addresses a range of disciplines including art and the public sphere, curation, social graphics, visual culture, histories and theories of art and all forms of contemporary art practice.
The Politicized Practice Research Group is engaged in collaborative and individual projects which can be attributed to the following areas and themes:
- Activism and Art
- Art and the Public Sphere
- Social and Political Art Practice
- Radical Aesthetics
- Interdisciplinary Research in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences