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Eef Veldkamp

Medium-centrism and Transmedial Thinking An Investigation into the Point of Departure and Productive Goal of Artistic Practice
Abstract Much of the arts has become used to pre-given forms and mediums as the starting point of any practice. The first part of this article delves into how this is problematic for engaged practices and proposes ways of postponing the form of an artistic endeavour in order to subordinate…
Reflective and Transgressive Engaged Practices Beyond Sterility, Distance and Reproduction
Artist Renzo Martens notes that much of the engaged practices merely produce ‘sterile’ criticism. These practices do not consider their own background, nor do they attempt to really resolve the things that they regard. This article dissects what this so-called ‘sterility’ consists of, what alternatives are cognisable, and concludes with a distinction between ‘reflective’ and ‘transgressive’ engaged practices.
The Location of Art A Topographical Earthquake
We claim to localise ‘Art’ with a capital by means of ‘pointing and naming’ certain objects that we consequently call ‘works of art.’ In this article, Veldkamp investigates the location of art: what ‘place’ do we point to when we claim something is Art? He contrasts the object of a traditional artist’s practice with that of another type of artist: the engaged artist.
A Bird’s-Eye View of Engaged Practices A Handful of Approaches to Art that Mingles with Politics
In this glossary-like document, Veldkamp glances at some (by no means all) of the landscape engaged practices exist within, ranging from ideas on ‘interactivity,’ ‘relationality,’ ‘participation,’ ‘politics,’ and so on. He attempts to formulate some preliminary definitions, which will be explored further throughout the rest of this series of articles.
Towards Engaged Arts an introduction
The engaged artistic practice as we know it today is built upon a set of axioms that this series of articles attempts to investigate. By thinking through these concepts that are so cherished by the arts, new propositions are put forward that would fit better with the premises of engaged arts as we know them. An attempt for a hermeneutics called ‘dematerialised aesthetics’ or ‘system aesthetics’ can be read between the lines.