From Artist to Creative Practitioner: The Creation of New Artistic Spaces and Values as the Institution of Critique

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Kengkij Kitirianglarp

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Since the 2006 and 2014 coups, art has become an area of intense political opposition through merging itself into the existing art business structure. This research studies the political and artistic movements of young artists. With a question that how does the new generation of artists, who have played a critical role in the political situation and in driving political movements in recent times, have to face structural constraints, both politically, economically and within the arts industry? In addition, what strategy do they choose to drive their political and subsistence issues under those constraints? The proposal of this paper is that this group of artists has been critical of the institutional structure in terms of political institutions and official art institutions. They propose at least 3 new "values" which are playing, improvising and commoning in order to challenge and criticize the current structure of capitalism and military dictatorship. In the movement, their movements help redefining arts and artists that were originally monopolized by the official institution. Their objective is to replace the subject of "artist" with the "creator", which is open to the co-involvement and participation of ordinary people in the movement and in the co-creation of the new institution of critique.

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Kitirianglarp เ. (2021). From Artist to Creative Practitioner: The Creation of New Artistic Spaces and Values as the Institution of Critique. Journal of Social Sciences Naresuan University, 17(2), 253–281. https://doi.org/10.14456/jssnu.2021.16
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