New publication: Social impact in art and culture: the diverse lives of a concept

Book launch 25th August, 2022

Mladi Levi Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The new book Social impact in art and culture: the diverse lives of a concept was edited by Iva Kosmos and Martin Pogačar and is being published by Založba ZRC & Bunker, Ljubljana, 2022

“Social impact” seems to be the buzzword of the past decade, a term dominant in art and science (of) project writing, but also in thinking and talking about art and science.

However, apart from the principles of measurability and predictability of desired impact, there is lack of sources to clearly explain what the idea is all about: What kind of art and society and the relationship between them it envisions?

The source of motivation for this book was the dynamic between social impact as defined by funders and as understood by practitioners. This book is, then, a joint effort of curators, critics, essayist, artists, producers, and researchers. Some of them reflect on the concept, some write about their own practice, others give practical examples of what they found to be social impact of arts and how can it be achieved.

The book hopes to bring the diverse lives and ambiguities of the concept to the public eye and to explore its effects in the contemporary artistic and cultural practices.

Contributors: Josipa Lulić, Lana Zdravković, Ana Adamović, Hanna Huber, Dan Podjed, Saša Babič, Martin Pogačar, Aldo Milohnić, Tomaž Toporišič, Tery Žeželj, Suzana Marjanić, Maša Radi Buh, Iva Kosmos, Jasmina Jerant, Katja Kobolt, Siniša Labrović, Jaka Železnikar.