An African-European Research about Arts and Development
Edited By Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad
New Art Territories.A Small “h” Story
Speaking of “new art territories” could turn out somehow a bit unconventional, as you may have noticed, nowadays the so called “new” territories multiplied. Nevertheless, this inflation of premises, extensions, rehabilitation and architectures or, and also, practices linked to technologies perfectionism do not really inform us on “art new territories”, we will conveniently come back to this subject later, after our attempt to analyze, may criticize, the “new” concept.
In fact, most of the time the “new” only means “brand new”. But the new is not the brand new. It is at best, face lifted or re-face lifted. Meaning an ancient aspect, improved, reviewed and corrected. The “new” in that sense, could be a synonym of “actualisation” or “in keeping with the style of the day”. Many museum-type spaces and different sites of creation or artistic practice, perpetually become objects of the “new” that irremediably lead to normalisation, so they may welcome a public, an audience or tourists. The “new” then is linked to the “norm”, the predictable, the expected, the conserved is needed in fine, and so: to protect means “new reshaping”. Many oeuvres benefit from this “protection” based on normalisation. Also, not forget to mention that this practice is often used as strategy in order to privilege the ancient, maintain its visibility, therefore its representation. Protection and conservation are therefore indivisible forms of a social field (a form of society lay out, as Arendt defined it), it periodically reinvents the ways to...
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