[artinfo] Scandalous: A Reader on Art and Ethics

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Scandalous: A Reader on Art and Ethics

Edited by Nina Möntmann


The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, and 
Sternberg Press are pleased to announce the 
publication of Scandalous: A Reader on Art and 
Ethics (ed. Nina Möntmann). A book launch will 
take place at Iaspis in Stockholm, with 
presentations by Nina Möntmann and Måns Wrange 
and a film screening by Renzo Martens.

Recent encounters between art and life, the 
ubiquity of images of violence and humiliation in 
visual culture and the media, and the persistence 
of controversial debates on public and 
participatory art projects are raising 
fundamental questions about the importance of 
ethical decisions in art and curating. How far 
can provocation in art go, before it becomes 
cynical and abusive? Does "good censorship" 
exist? Are ethical decisions seen as more urgent 
in participatory art? 

This reader introduces current notions of ethics 
in several contexts related to the cultural 
field. Responding to the instrumentalization of 
ethics as a privileged tool of neoliberalism, the 
reader claims the need for an ethics that 
critically reflects the mechanisms of 
contemporary global power structures. The 
contributions discuss models of subjective and 
situational ethics and pit them against a canon 
of unquestioned principles and upturned notions 
of ethics and human rights.

Scandalous : A Reader on Art and Ethics
Edited by Nina Möntmann
Texts by Petra Bauer and Annette Krauss, Franco 
Berardi Bifo, Galit Eilat, Ronald Jones, Maria 
Karlsson and Måns Wrange, Nina Möntmann, Peter 
Osborne, Marcus Steinweg, Nato Thompson; 
conversations between Simon Critchley and Miguel 
Á. Hernández-Navarro, Renzo Martens and T. J. 

16.6 x 22.5 cm, 178 pages, 16 color and 6 b/w ills., softcover
ISBN 978-1-934105-87-0

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