Planetary Artists Venture into Risk, Unpredictability, and Transgression

Introduction by Dirk Snauwaert; With contributions by Marina Vishmidt, Emanuele Coccia, and Vivian Ziherl

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The work of 38 established and emerging artists explore the creative potential of risk-taking and transgression in contemporary life

The unconventional theme underlying the art featured in this book is the struggle between risk-taking and the prediction algorithms that have become a feature of contemporary life. Does the influence of machine intelligence, and the coincident avoidance of risk, homogenize creative thought? These ideas are explored in the work of 38 established and emerging artists in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, sculpture, video art, computer art, and performance. Featured artists include Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Ed Atkins, Esther Ferrer, Mounira Al Solh, and Shezad Dawoud. The book takes its title from a town on the French-Belgian border with a history as a well-known customs outpost.

Emanuele Coccia is associate professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Dirk Snauwaert is director at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre. Marina Vishmidt is lecturer at the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Vivian Ziherl is research and program manager at Witte De With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


WIELS Museum for Contemporary Art Brussels
(September 12, 2020–February 10, 2021)

ISBN: 9780300257694
Publication Date: February 23, 2021
Publishing Partner: Distributed for Mercatorfonds
272 pages, 6 11/16 x 9 1/2
220 color + b/w illus.

Sales Restrictions: World excluding Benelux
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