Frieze Art Fair – a study visit

Jonas has written an interesting post on our study visit to Frieze Art Fair last week. What did you learn, and what do you think (and feel) about the fair?

Jonas Kniel

“The spaces of public encounter, I suggest, are iconic with the spaces of discussion and debate that, from time to time, flourish in the interstices of financial and commercial institutions and personal budgetary concerns.[….]
Such is the Frieze Art Fair, where what Habermas (1989) calls the ‘culture debating public’ (of students, connoisseurs, artists, and critics) comes face to face with the culture-consuming society of Horkheimer and Adorno’s ([1944] 1972) despised culture industry—the buyers and sellers of cultural products. Frieze, like all other fairs of its type (e.g., Basel, Miami Beach, Berlin, Cologne, Turin, Venice), cuts to the heart of the relations between art, economics, and aesthetics.” (J. Kapferer, 2010)

Excerpts such as these still fresh in the back of my mind we (MACE) make our way to the Frieze Art Fair on Friday the of October. We have properly prepared by reading critical and less critical articles about Fairs…

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Business Models and Emotions

Kristen’s post raises several excellent questions we will be working on throughout the year. Look forward to class debates!

Womble On

42199186_10216108083367772_6973378750838734848_nEarlier this week, MACE students went to the London Design Festival Biennale at the Somerset House. This was an interactive exhibit with the theme of “Emotional States.” Countries submitted projects and were each given a room in which to display their work.

Before going to this exhibit, I had never really thought of countries as having emotional states. Do the emotional states of countries always come from the people, and if not, what are the other factors that contribute?

Some rooms were a reflection of that country’s current emotional state, some tried to get the visitors in a certain emotional state that may or may not have had anything to do with that country’s emotional state. Some were fluid states, some were static. Most countries focused on their present emotional state but some exhibits went further and also showed their outlook on their emotional state. It could be said that…

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