Investigative Aesthetics
Conflicts and Commons in the Politics of Truth
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256 pages / August 24, 2021 / 9781788739085

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August 24, 2021 / 9781788739092


What is the role of political art?

The words investigative and aesthetics seem like an uneasy match. But this book claims that expanded aesthetic practices can powerfully reshape our approach to the question of truth. Shifts in technology and new ways of thinking together offer a means of searching for facts and understanding them anew.

This book proposes that the current period is defined by new forms of “aesthetic power” composed both by sensing, detection and prediction and the torrential proliferation of images and data. To evade and oppose this form of state-corporate domination we can learn to join the dots between traces within our interwoven digital, built and natural environments.

Investigative aesthetics can also enable new collaborative forms of verification. Rather than rely on official expertise, it calls for an open process that combines the perspectives of communities exposed to state or corporate violence with those of artists, activists and scientists. This new practice takes place equally in the field, the art studio, the scientific laboratory, online and in the streets, as it strives towards the construction of a new “common sensing.”

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