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New Release: Art Production beyond the Art Market?


The Sternberg Press publication Art Production beyond the Art Market?, edited by Karen van den Berg and Ursula Pasero, discusses the changing nature of artistic practices and strategies of production in the contemporary art context. The authors analyze the multiple antagonisms negotiated in the art field – oscillating between collective creativity and "co-opetition" (a neologism from competition and cooperation), between marketable production and market-phobic, "alternative" art, between producer and consumer/buyer.

In our contribution to the edition, we analyze artist networks in Berlin, bringing together empirical research and observations on the ongoing discourse about the kinds of exchange systems and value attribution in the art field. Interviews with Supermarkt, Citizen Art Days and Berlinerpool give insights into the internal structures and logics of artist networks in Berlin. We develop a scheme of four types of artist networks along the lines of the intensity of their cooperation. Beyond understanding a network as platform for connection (type I) or support (type II), project-based cooperations (type III) and collectives (type IV) create collective artistic results, but also – and maybe most interestingly – open up opportunities for new forms and constellations of life and (artistic) work.

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