Commissioned by – Art in Relation
Reflections, theories and action-oriented proposals to the New Patrons model: The series Commissioned by – Art in Relation sheds light on the special features of art in the citizens' mandate from perspectives of cultural and social studies.
To Art its Time …
This text by the cultural anthropologist Judith Laister is a cultural analysis of the participant world of the New Patrons. It examines the various protagonists that come together in the projects, how cohesion is established between them and where controversy, rifts and disruptions arise.
As a central ‘moment of translation’ (impulse that effects cohesion among the complex protagonist constellations) this text discusses – along with capital, ambience, we-assurance, images, words and connective activities – various facets of the factor of time.
For her study, Judith Laister conducted interviews with participants in the New Patrons programme, examined protocols and analysed the course of current projects. Judith Laister (*1972) researches and teaches at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Graz. She studied European ethnology, art history and art education, and is interested in the connections between these fields in theory and practice. She regularly enters into ‘aesthetic alliances’ in order to research into the artistic field with its protagonists.
Art Commissions throughout History
The philosopher and long-time theoretical companion of the New Patrons Bruno Latour and art historian Joseph Leo Koerner illuminate in their conversation the history of commissioned art up to its most current forms, with a special focus on citizens' commissions.
The conversation, which was originally recorded for the publication Faire art comme on fait société (les presses du réel), is available in German for the first time. Published in 2013, the reader covers a broad field of theoretical perspectives on the programme of the New Patrons. The adapted and supplemented English-language edition Reclaiming Art. Reshaping Democracy (les presses du réel) was released in 2017. Bruno Latour (*1947) is a French sociologist and philosopher whose focus is on the history of science. He has taught at various international universities, most recently at Science Po Paris, and is one of the founders of actor-network theory. Latour is an influential thinker of our time. His writings, translated into numerous languages, have become foundational works in various theoretical debates, such as the discourse on climate change. At the ZKM Karlsruhe, he worked as a curator on iconic exhibition projects. Latour has been an important supporter of the New Patrons from the beginning.
Joseph Leo Koerner (*1958) is an American art historian and filmmaker. He is a professor of art and architectural history and Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows, at Harvard University. After studying philosophy and English and German literature, Koerner switched to art history through his work on Caspar David Friedrich and shifted his research focus to European art from the Renaissance to the present. He has collaborated with Bruno Latour on a number of exhibitions at the ZKM Karlsruhe.