Artivism and the Spirit of Avant-Garde Art

  • Dagmar Danko
Part of the Sociology of the Arts book series (SOA)


Artivism is ambiguous: Positioned between art, politics, and protest movements, it is an artistic-political practice giving voice to the opposition to capitalism and consumerism. Some believe Artivism to be the first new art form of the twenty-first century. However, Artivism also has a tradition: Artists have combined art and activism long before artivists became part of (or triggered) the Occupy Movement, or before Pussy Riot became the world-wide face of protest. In the contribution, the author reflects upon Artivism as an artistic practice and as a political practice. In line with the main theme of this book, the author also analyzes its link to the impacts of the global capitalist economy and the so-called market-based turn in society.


Artivism Art Activism Politics Protest Sociology 



This contribution is a systematization of a series of paper presentations given at the conferences of the European Sociological Association (ESA) Research Network “Sociology of the Arts,” including: “Interaction Art? How ‘acting together’ may have become an art form” (Geneva 2011), “Art interventions between artistic and political practice” (Vienna 2012), “The sociological implications of ‘Art as catalyst’” (Turin 2013), as well as “Artivism – Subversion oder Bestätigung der ‘Kunstautonomie’?” held at the conference of the German Research Network “Soziologie der Künste” in Leipzig in 2013. I am deeply grateful for all the helpful comments I received during these meetings.


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  • Dagmar Danko
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  1. 1.European Sociological AssociationParisFrance

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