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Facing Value – Radical Perspectives from the Arts

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Facing Value – Radical Perspectives from the Arts
Edited by Maaike Lauwaert & Francien van Westrenen
Published by Valiz, Amsterdam
Text in English
€ 28,50

“We know what things cost but have no idea what they are worth.” British historian Tony Judt states in 2011, quoting Oscar Wilde. The equalization of value and economic worth, the measuring of value in quantitive terms of time and money is what Facing Value is set to tackle. Its goal: rethinking the concept of ‘value’ not as maximization, growth and financial benefit, but rather as plural values like love, care, reciprocity and support within our work and daily lives. As a collection of essays, photographs and artistic contributions, this book highlights concrete alternatives to dominant value structures, with contributions by artists, researchers and thinkers such as Julieta Aranda & Anton Vidokle, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Tony Judt, Bojana Kunst, Marcel Mauss, Jan Ritsema, Jan Verwoert and many more. Edited by Dutch researchers Lauwaert/van Westrenen and published by the young publication house ‘Valiz’ Facing Value is making the first step towards collaborative, meaningful, – valuable – reimagining.