Visible started in 2010 as a publishing project, with the publication of visible. when art leaves its field and becomes visible as part of something else (Sternberg Press, 2010). We had in mind the idea of mapping out the state of the critical discourse around socially engaged artistic practices, by presenting over 40 artistic practices from all over the world. Following this, in 2013, we took another step in the sphere of publishing, by assembling a free, digital, flexible book series that could allow us to continue presenting the emerging research, gathered around the visible network, thereby shedding new light on them. The main idea we wanted to experiment with, was that of having workbooks where the main exercise we ‘assign’ to the artists and curators on our board, is to try to present a dialogue with an expert coming from another field of knowledge, may this be city planning, economy, cooking or whatsoever other sector of human expertise. In doing so, we are trying to open up modest and unprecedented confrontation spaces where new bestowals of what art can affect and transform within the social body.
October 13, 2017