208 pages • Publisher V2_
Edited by: Joke Brouwer and Sjoerd van Tuinen
Lab for the Unstable Media center for art and media technology in Rotterdam
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What if the exchanges we call economic were part of a much larger, far older and more diffuse system of exchange? What if value were defined not by accumulation but by circulation, and circulation not by supply and demand but by honor, glory and beauty? For one thing, it would be impossible to develop a critique of political economy from a political or economic viewpoint, because something in this notion of value utterly escapes both disciplines. In this volume, a diverse set of authors share a strikingly similar analysis. The crisis of our institutions of government, finance and knowledge, they argue, should be attributed not to a lack of political will but to a lack of glory and honor – categories that have been linked to gift and sacrifice from time immemorial.
Table of Contents
giving and taking
Joke Brouwer and Sjoerd van Tuinen
what does a human have that he can give away?
the humanities, the arts and the market
good society and the future of art
the city people tribe
on being good ancestors
interest and interesse
charis and radiance
without beauty, our souls are lost
a gift to the living dead
Frank Vande Veire
what we do when we make art