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Knowledge

How does art reinvent science, research, education and their institutions? What kind of knowledge does the artist produce? What is the role of curators in the face of the need to recover spaces for sharing knowledge in our weakened democracies? How does the museum position itself as a place of knowledge at a time when the university is increasingly subject to the imperatives of economic profitability and private funding? Issue 98 of Esse arts + opinions attempts to answer these questions by proposing texts that problematize the relationship between art and knowledge in contemporary artistic and curatorial practices.

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New New Age

Over the last few years, the occult has made a stunning comeback in art, manifested through a re-appropriation of esoterism, a holistic and beneficial approach, and a desire for social and ecological justice. The works in the portfolio New New Age stand out for their powerful intention to re-enchant the world, recognize the agency of matter, and campaign against the destruction of Earth and for all living things, by exploring what is luminous and performative in this philosophy and its rituals.

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