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Empathy

Given the problems we face in the twenty-first century, the capacity to appreciate the feelings and emotions of others would appear to be a potential antidote to excessive individualism and the allure of withdrawing into one’s own identity. But can empathy really change the world? This issue examines empathy in the context of contemporary creation and seeks to determine whether art can contribute to building sensitive bridges between people that are geographically, socially, and culturally distant and whose experiences differ.

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Collectives

This issue examines how working collectively problematizes power relations within art institutions and groups and how this affects the implementation of less hierarchical structures. Given the urgent need to act, in a world where a state of emergency has become permanent, laboratories of social action, interdisciplinary research groups, and international discussion forums are forming on the margins of the art field. Seeking alternative forms of “being together,” these new collectives are reviving the concerns of several decades of shared creation.

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