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Art, geopolitics and metapolitics at Tate Galleries London

Ingram, AR; (2017) Art, geopolitics and metapolitics at Tate Galleries London. Geopolitics , 22 (3) pp. 719-739. 10.1080/14650045.2016.1263186. Green open access

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Abstract

Art galleries and museums have often been considered as sites at which the international and the political are both enacted and reworked. But how exactly does art ‘do’ geopolitics? Taking existing work on art and geopolitics in the gallery and museum as its departure point, this article advances a specific conceptual argument for how art does geopolitics that connects thinking in this area with broader debates in aesthetics and politics. Building on Jacques Rancière’s account of art as a dispositif, it explores the aesthetic politics – or metapolitics – through which artistic interventions have raised questions of oil within the Tate Galleries in London. Drawing out its ambiguities as well as potential critical implications, the article illustrates distinct ways in which the metapolitics of art may be activated via a discussion of The Robinson Institute, 2012, and of a series of interventions conducted since 2010 by the group Liberate Tate. In conclusion, the article draws out connections between the metapolitics of art and questions of governmentality.

Type: Article
Title: Art, geopolitics and metapolitics at Tate Galleries London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2016.1263186
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2016.1263186
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Geopolitics on 12 Dec 2016 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14650045.2016.1263186.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1532789
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