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Open - cahier on art and the public domain

For five years now Open is a cahier that reflects upon contemporary public domain from a cultural perspective. Through a thematic investigation into the changing conditions of public domain and through new ideas relating to this space, Open aims to make a structural contribution to the development of theories about these subjects and to function as a platform for reflection on socio-cultural and artistic practices. Among the international authors writing for Open are philosophers of culture, sociologists, media theorists, architecture and art critics and political scientists.
Open also works together with artists and designers, often in the form of special supplements, and occasionally invites guest editors to produce issues. The cahier is aimed at a diverse public that is interested in critical discourses and discussions about the relationship between cultural production and the public domain, and in the implications for this of processes such as globalization and mediatisation. Open wants to thus create and stimulate autonomous and experimental ideas concerning art and the public domain.

> Published twice a year
> In addition to essays and more project-related texts, Open also includes book reviews and interviews with artists and theorists.
> Theme issues (featured such subjects as security, memory, visibility, sound, tolerance, hybrid space, cultural freedom, informal media, art as a public issue, social engineering and privacy.)

Open is edited by Jorinde Seijdel (editor in chief) and Liesbeth Melis (final editing) and appears twice a year in a Dutch and an English edition. The graphic design is by Thomas Buxo. Open is an initiative of SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain and is published by NAI Publishers. For information check www.

Open is an initiative of SKOR. SKOR is an Amsterdam-based organization whose objective is to realize special art projects in public and semi-public settings throughout the Netherlands.


current issue

Editors Jorinde Seijdel (editor in chief), Liesbeth Melis (final editing) Guest editors Jeroen Boomgaard (lector Art and Public Space, Gerrit Rietveld Academie), Peter Peters (lector Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences), Sher Doruff and Yvonne Dröge Wendel.

Open 24 The Politics of Things
What Art & Design do in Democracy

€ 19.50 | 15 November 2012
English edition ISBN 978-94-6208-030-0 | Paperback | 128 p | 17 x 24 cm | Illustrated | Design: Thomas Buxó and Klaartje van Eijk nai010 publishers in association with SKOR | Foundation for Art and the Public Domain

This issue has been made possible with support from Lectorate Art and Public Space, Gerrit Rietveld
Academie Amsterdam, Lectorate Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts, Zuyd University of
Applied Sciences Maastricht, Lectorate Arts in Society, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts

Open 24 investigates the current state of affairs in the theory and practice of ‘The Politics of Things’. What does a thing like ‘art’ do in democracy, how does art make publics, how does a thing interact with other things and people, and how does it influence them? In 2005, in the book and the exhibition Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy, Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel asked themselves how a democratic politics could function better and what the role of things, objects, issues and art might be within that.

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