Turning Inward

This publication project aims to continue the reflection around the thematic of Centres and Peripherie.

Turning Inward comprises a selection of texts by international artists, critics, and curators, which aim to renegotiate the relationship between centres and peripheries in contemporary art worlds. In the context of advanced globalization, the distributed agency of networked power structures can hardly be localized any longer in geographical terms. Yet, if we are to turn our attention away from geographical – that is, horizontal – relations, we can conceive the central and peripheral as vertical phenomena that can coexist spatially in the shapes of social constructions, genealogies, or epistemic formations. Against this backdrop, Turning Inward provides a heterogeneous range of critical reflections upon contemporary art and its modes of production, distribution, and consumption. Reaching far beyond the spatial metaphor, the positions assembled in this volume approach fields such as art history, philosophy, economics, gender studies, urbanism, language, and education.

Edited by Lou Cantor & Clemens Jahn
Contributions by John Beeson, Svetlana Boym, Marta Dziewańska, Philipp Ekardt, Felix Ensslin, Orit Gat, David Joselit, William Kherbek, John Miller, Reza Negarestani, Matteo Pasquinelli and Dieter Roelstraete.

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