The Aesthetics of Ambiguity: Understanding and Addressing Monoculture


Sidestepping both identity politics and facile multiculturalism, this anthology argues for the embrace of social ambiguity through art

Multiculturalism and pluralism presuppose a shared culture with shared values and convictions about, for example, openness, democracy and equality. Multiculturalism therefore in fact presumes a monoculture of views and attitudes.

Being able to deal with ambiguities, differences and paradoxes is the outcome of a learning process and thus of cultivation. Art has played a pivotal role in this process since the dawn of modernity; the contemporary artist is a bricoleur, shaman and charlatan who prepares peculiar blends and creates indigestible cocktails, who has to play with cultural conventions if she or he is to be called an "artist" anyway.

The Aesthetics of Ambiguity gives stage to art and artists that dare to play with the rules of a broader society and adopt ambiguity and paradoxes, and explores their successes and failures.

With text by Paolo Favero, Christine Greiner, Max Haiven, Hedwig Houben, You Mi, Bojana Piškur, and Public Movement

Edited by Nav Haq and Pascal Gielen

Designed by Metahaven

Published by Valiz, 2020

Softcover, 228 pages, b&w, 5.25 × 8.25 inches

ISBN: 978-9-49-209576-3

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