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Curating Capitalism

Curating Capitalism: How Art Impacts Business, Management, and Economy  by Pierre Guillet de Monthoux  Sternberg Press (Serie : Experiments in Art and Capitalism)  A review by Luca Danieli  What is the role of the artist in shaping the knowledge of the future? What’s the role of the curator? And how can these figures impact the economy and set the agenda in the…
Luca Danieli
October 23, 2023
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Voice of Russia

A review of the book Russia Today, un média au service de l’État russe, written by Maxime Audinet. Today, with the war in Ukraine, RT has found itself under European sanctions, and many personalities linked to this structure, such as Margarita Simonian, are under international sanctions. In this 2021 book, written before the 2022’s war, Audinet attempts to tell the…
Dilan Radjib
June 18, 2023
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Hans-Ulrich Obrist: Creative Destruction and Other Rituals

Contemporary art is much decried. Using Jeff Koons or Damien Hirst as their main villains and only examples, countless essayists and pamphleteers have castigated the direction in which modern art has moved and continue to denounce its futility. The radical right is sickened by the pretensions of woke or eco-leftist artists, while the extreme left ironizes art that is created…
Frédéric Martel
May 27, 2023
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The Godfather or the Incredible Story of the Fall of Paramount

Subtitled “The Epic Battle for a Hollywood Media Empire,” Unscripted is an incisive book. Like a surgical operation, it meticulously dissects its subject, the recent history of one of Hollywood’s five major studios: Paramount Pictures. In so doing, it also paints a (black) picture of the current state of America’s creative industries — and, as this case shows, some of…
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The Power of Platforms

How do platforms impact the news media? Rasmus Kleis Nielsen and Sarah Anne Ganter, The Power of Platforms: Shaping Media and Society (Oxford University Press, 2022).Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is the director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, (1) which publishes the annual Digital News Report. He works alongside Sarah Anne Ganter, a research associate at the same…
David Lavaud
January 16, 2023
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Mixing Pop and Politics: Political Dimensions of Popular Music in the 21st Century

Edited by Catherine Hoad, Geoff Stahl, and Oli Wilson. Since the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic worldwide in early 2020, global music industries have been severely threatened by regional and international lockdown policies. Live music performances had stopped, music productions came to a halt, funding was cut, media exposure and promotion in the traditional sense became impossible, and music and…
Yvette Lok Yee Wong
November 14, 2022
Cultural PoliciesDigitalisation

Mythology and an atlas to better understand AI

* Kate Crawford, Atlas of AI: Power, Politics and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence, Yale University Press, 2021 * Erik J. Larson, The Myth of Artificial Intelligence: Why Computers Can’t Think the Way We Do, Harvard University Press, 2021 For those merely remotely interested in artificial intelligence (AI), this type of intelligence may seem cryptic or even magical. All…
Théo Corbucci
November 12, 2022
Art Design Careers

Authority and Freedom – A Defense of the Arts

The Astonishing Generosity of the Arts  In this age of metrics and data the imaginative ground without which art cannot exist has quietly come under threat. Our culture in the democratic West has given up the belief that the arts have their own, independent significance. This is the basic motivation revered American art critic Jed Perl lays out for having…
Fabian Oderbolz
October 31, 2022
Creative Industries

Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy

A review of the new book by Erich Schwartzel, Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy (Sept. 2022) Erich Schwartzel, Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy (Sept. 2022) Erich Schwartzel worked as a reporter for the American newspaper Wall Street Journal, where he oversaw “Hollywood coverage”. As he worked his beat, he began “seeing China…
Simon Costes
September 25, 2022

Thinking ecology and the digital humanities

An atypical figure in the sciences, Bruno Latour is one of the most influential French philosophers today. “Où atterrir?”; “Où suis-je ?”: These are the titles of French philosopher Bruno Latour’s two most recent books and also their main questions. Latour, a thinker of ecology and the digital humanities, has his feet on the ground rather than above. His best-selling…
April 21, 2022
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