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Movement + apparatus : a cultural policy study of artist-run culture in Canada (1976-1994)


Movement + apparatus : a cultural policy study of artist-run culture in Canada (1976-1994)

Robertson, Clive (2004) Movement + apparatus : a cultural policy study of artist-run culture in Canada (1976-1994). PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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The terrain of artist-run culture in Canada and Québec discursively fabricates a network of artist-run production, presentation and distribution centres and collectives in the visual and media arts. Organized 'at a distance' from the state, this field of activity has been represented through depiction and delegation by national and regional representative associations and a significant body of theoretical and historical literature. This study reads cultural studies and social movement theory to examine how this self-governing network and movement of cultural production interacted with and created its own policy apparatuses. The artist-run centre movement announces itself approximately at a mid-point in Canadian cultural policy development which spans fifty years from 1944-1994. The twenty-five year period covered by this thesis thus intersects with a substantial portion of Canadian cultural policy history. This thesis argues that the artist-run movement, in effect, advocated for and produced a hybrid model of aesthetic and social organization. I will further argue that in engaging with the state and its agencies, artists and artist organizations problematized the rights and responsibilities of cultural work and citizenship within a governmental framework.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Robertson, Clive
Pagination:viii, 287 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Communication Studies
Thesis Supervisor(s):Allor, Martin
ID Code:8199
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 18:17
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:32
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