Nearness: Art and Education after Covid-19


By Marlies De Munck and Pascal Gielen

The Covid-19 crisis teaches us how priceless human nearness is. Neither art nor education can do without physical proximity. Like works of art, people lose their aura when kept at digital arm's length. And art is lifeless when it can't resonate with human bodies.

In Nearness, philosopher Marlies De Munck and sociologist Pascal Gielen diagnose this new reality with which we are all contending, arguing that it is culture that defines the difference between surviving and living, that offers a model for thriving rather than merely persisting.

Published by Valiz with ARIA (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts), 2020

Design and drawings by Lotte Lara Schröder 

ISBN: 978-9-49-209586-2