The Art Kettle

The Art Kettle

by Sinead Murphy


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In contemporary society, art is that which appears to open up all of those possibilities that our daily lives would close down, with developments in community art, art therapy, and public art extending this seemingly liberating effect in us all. But what if art is a mode of control? What if art operates to "kettle" us as effectively as, if much more subtly than, recent police curtailment of protestors in London's public squares?

The Art Kettle argues that ours capacities for imagination, creativity, even resistance, in being apparently fostered by art are being channelled safely and to no purpose, all the better for our continued subjection to the round of means and ends that defines our profit-driven Western democracies. Through analysis of contemporary artworks and an intriguing account of the later decades of the Victorian age, The Art Kettle would convince us to question the ways in which we currently feel ourselves to be free and to begin to practice for a better future, a future founded in our past, when fundamentalism was a kind of courage, art a kind of craft, and needlepoint a kind of revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846949845
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 03/16/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

1 Parliament Square 1

2 Stuck! Stuck! Stuck! 7

3 Disinterested Parties 13

4 Craft 21

5 Anyone 29

6 The Human Touch 38

7 Trafalgar Square 50

8 Put the Kettle On, and We'll Make a Cup of Tea 64

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