postgraduate program, workshop

admin’s & enterpreneur’s reading list

1. Entrepreneur & Creative Economy

art and economy

Hans Abbing (2010). Why are artists poor? The exceptional economy of the arts. Amsterdam University Press.


Tatiana Bazzichelli (2013) Networked disruption. Aarhus: Digital Aesthetics Research Center, 73.

PhD thesis

creative economy

Richard Florida (2002) The economic geography of talent. Annals of the Association of American geographers, 92(4), pp.743-755.

creative economy flag-raiser

Richard Florida (2005) Cities and the creative class. Routledge.

Bridgstock Entrepreneurship Education in the Arts

quadruple bottom line theory, career self-management

Hartley et al Key Concepts in Creative Industries

entrepreneurship and innovation

creative economy critique

Banks, M. and O’Connor, J. (2017) Inside the whale (and how to get out of there): Moving on from two decades of creative industries research. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20(6), pp.637-654.

Timely self-critique from apologetic creative economy former enthusiasts. Creative cities, cluster theory, Landry, Florida etc.

Paul Chatterton (2000). Will the real Creative City please stand up?. City, 4(3), pp.390-397. [online]


Banks, M., 2010. Craft labour and creative industries. International journal of cultural policy, 16(3), pp.305-321.

Richard Sennett and craft.

Anthony Davies (2007) Take me I’m yours: neoliberalising the cultural institution. In Mute Vol 2 No 5 It’s not easy being green [online]

A principle contradiction: the content of the institution’s discourse can be utterly inverted in the institutional form.

Jones, C. and Murtola, A.M. (2012) Entrepreneurship and expropriation. Organization, 19(5), pp.635-655.

Entrepreneurship as individual activity which rests on appropriation of production in common.

Angela McRobbie 2016. Be creative: Making a living in the new culture industries. John Wiley & Sons.

Book. Forensic examination of the UK cultural economy.

2. Diverse Economies


..& research

Butler, J., 1993. Critically queer. GLQ: A journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 1(1), pp.17-32.

Performativity as a research strategy.

Queer theory.

Law, J. and Urry, J. (2004) Enacting the social. Economy and society, 33(3), pp.390-410.

Sedgwick, E.K., (1997) Paranoid reading and reparative reading, or, You’re so paranoid, you probably think this introduction is about you. [online]

.. & art

Brook, Donald. Experimental Art [online]

Art as ‘mimetic innovation’

Wright, S. (2013). 1:1 Scale, Toward a lexicon of usership. Van Abbemuseum. [online]

Art on a 1:1 scale

.. & economy

Çalışkan, K. and Callon, M., 2009. Economization, part 1: shifting attention from the economy towards processes of economization. Economy and Society, 38(3), pp.369-398.

Performing the economy / economy as performance.

Çalışkan, K. and Callon, M., 2009. Economization, part 1: shifting attention from the economy towards processes of economization. Economy and Society, 38(3), pp.369-398.

Callon, M., 2006. What does it mean to say that economics is performative? [online]

Diverse economies

JK Gibson-Graham and Ethan Miller (2015) ‘Economy as ecological livelihood’. Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene, pp.7-16.

Rethinking economic action as a space for ethical negotiation. In economic geography, JK Gibson-Graham challenges the idea of “the economy” as a unified, capitalist domain, to instead reframe it as diverse practices and interrelationships of sustenance and livelihood. This “diverse economies” approach is grounded in methodologies from feminist theory, which emphasise the need to recognise, theorise and engage with diversity. It constructs a different vision of “economy” where a host of informal, underground, non-market, collective and co-operative behaviours and activities are considered not only prevalent, but also primary and consequential.

JK Gibson-Graham. (2008) ‘Diverse economies: performative practices for other worlds’. Progress in Human Geography, 32(5), pp.613-632.

Gibson-Graham, J.K., 1999. Queer(y)ing Capitalism in and out of the Classroom [1]. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 23(1), pp.80-85.

Zanoni, P., Contu, A., Healy, S. and Mir, R.,(2017) Post-capitalistic politics in the making: The imaginary and praxis of alternative economies. In Organization, Vol. 24(5) Sage Publications pp 575-588

Gibson-Graham, J.K., 2014. Rethinking the economy with thick description and weak theory. Current Anthropology, 55(S9), pp.S147-S153.

3. Radmin

Art and admin


Andrea Phillips (2015) Invest in What [online]

Arts organisations’ structures shape their policies. A history of artistic work proposing radical forms of cooperation

vs potlitcally endorsed models of entrepreneurship.

Caroline Woolard (2017) Ourgoods, BAMBAPHD [online]

Art-based critique of art economies. Objects and contexts: together, objects

and contexts create space for reflection, circulation, and social transformation.

Angela McRobbie (2010) Rethinking Creative Economy as Radical Social Enterprise. Variant Magazine


How does teaching students critical understanding tally with also encouraging self-reliance and entrepreneurship?

Proposes a renewal of radical social enterprise and co-operatives as self-organised collectives, to provide working structures for diverse occupations, including artists.

Business studies

Martin Parker Art as Work

Critical management studies perspective on Art. Being an artist is supposed to expose the constraints of rules by bending / breaking conventions .. but art is work and involves rules, and work is creative and produces difference.

Matthew Manos (2012) Business as a Medium in Hertz, Garnet. Critical Making. 1st ed. [United States]: Telharmonium p.27-32. [online]

Business as a medium for critical enquiry and meaning-making, to change perceptions.

A means of designing a future the entrepreneur would like to inhabit.

Business as a non end-dated project; an ultra accessible medium; a platform for experiments.

Martin Parker et al (2013) ‘Horizons of possibility’. In: Parker, M., Cheney, G., Fournier, V. and Land, C. eds., The Routledge companion to alternative organization. Routledge.

Assimilation and recuperation (Boltanski & Chiapello) vs operating in the cracks.

Essential laboratories for post/non/modified capitalist practices, ‘less-governed’ (Foucault).

Critique is a limited strategy if the real goal is social transformation. (A positive critique which brings new things into the world).

Does the scale of resistance have to match the scale of the problem?

Calls for a radical insurgent entrepreneurship as form of social creativity. Changes in daily practice, invents futures.

Entrepreneurship as a set of unstable, untested, potentially transformational practices of collective invention and reorientation.

Craig Deegan (2016)

Twenty five years of social and environmental accounting research within Critical Perspectives of Accounting: Hits, misses and ways forward. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 43, pp.65-87.

Critical accounting.

The transformational potential of accounting, vs producing incontravertible facts.

Accounting as a means of identifying which action one must defend.

Systems thinking

Gregory Bateson (1972) Steps to an Ecology of Mind

Form is the primary mode of communication, understood analogically. Significant meta-level change requires a change of context as well as content.

Bruno Latour (2011) What’s the story? Organizing as a mode of existence. In: Passoth, JH., Peuker, B. and Schillmeier, M., Agency without Actors.

Organisation staves off disorder. Being-in-action, organisations as scripts. Organisations as a flock of sparrows.


Janelle Orsi

Bronwen Morgan

Morgan, B. and Kush, D. (2015) ‘Radical transactionalism: legal consciousness, diverse economies and the sharing economy’. Journal of Law and Society 556-587

Bronwen Mogan and Declan Kuch Radical Transactionalism

An expansive concept of enterprise as ‘any productive activity that might bring us sustenance’.

The legal, financial and organisational structures of our current economy do not sit comfortable with small-scale sustainable economy initiatives.



A Pattern Language: Art/istic, Institutions*ing, and Research (practices)

In analogy  – or response – to the idea of a Pattern Language as Christopher Alexander described it in 1970’s the researchers at a.pass tried to understand how a pattern language could be written for the context of artistic research and especially for the creation of good conditions for the practice of research as an art form.

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postgraduate program


1 January-29 April 2018

Nicolas Galeazzi

This is a day to day diary of the search, the research, the unsearch, the raveling and the unraveling. Thoughts, musings, pictures, clips, questions and answers. It started January 25th.
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postgraduate program

Block 18/I: making / conditions

8 January-1 April 2018

curated by Nicolas Galeazzi

This block combines institutional critique with a fundamental depiction of Performance in its various interpretations in economy, administration, performing arts, and sociology. Performance stands for productivity and efficiency as much as for presence, representation, and the transformative power of speech. Investigating the interdependency between our artistic research practice and its surrounding adinistrative and economic supportstructures, we will develop a pattern language for conditioning practices in the arts - a pattern language as a set of tools for finding the 'institute' behind our research.
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information, postgraduate program

Nicolas Galeazzi Block overview

8 January-1 April 2018

plenum & forum

This post gives a sort overview over the organisation and schedule of the block 2018/I
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research center, seminar

Dra. Adriana la Selva What are you training for?

10-11 January 2018

On acting and performance techniques - Current directions for embodied research in the performing arts

Adriana La Selva is participant of the a.pass PhD Research Center program and proposes the 2 day seminar "What are e training for?" in relation to her home universisty U-Ghent. The topic addresses the conditions of the body in relation to its performativity. Starting the investigations of the self-creation of conditions at the body seems to comply with the intentions of the block MAKING / CONDITIONS perfectly. 
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postgraduate program, workshop

Florian Feigl How do we do the things that we do?

18-19 January 2018

a rewrite of twelve design principles

Two working periods in January and February to analyse, discuss and introduce strategies and methodological approaches as articulated in permaculture desgin practice (Mollison, Holmgren) in relation to the Pattern Theory (Alexander) towards an environ-mental & corpo-real understanding of artistic process and artistic research.
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postgraduate program, workshop

Nicolas Galeazzi pattern language for conditioning practices

19 January-23 March 2018

weekly meetings

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In order to explore MAKING / CONDITIONS we will try to create a Pattern Language for conditioning practices in the arts. With reference to the same named concept, proposed by the architect and philosopher Christopher Alexander in the late 1970's, we will investigate the patterns that help us to cretate the conditions for our artistic research through this very same research practices.
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postgraduate program, workshop

Kate Rich Critical Administration

30 January-3 February 2018 / a.pass 4th floor

Shaking down the entrepreneur


This workshop takes place in the devastated landscape of the Creative Economy. Dipping cautiously into realms of business and economics (in which artists are generally and probably wilfully unschooled), we will take a pigeon’s-eye view (scrappy, opportunistic, only occasionally vicious) of worn-out tropes such as entrepreneurialism, human capital and cultural enterprise.

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Critical Administration Forum

30 January-3 February 2018

Shaking down the entrepreneur

This page is a forum in it self! A forum to discuss, digest and document the content of the Critical Administration: Shaking down the Enterpreneur Froum with Kate Rich at a.pass. Please find the descriotion of the project here.

The page is a froum in the sense of a working place for exchange and the building of relations. The posts placed here are to be understood as a conversation!

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postgraduate program, workshop

Florian Feigl How do we do the things that we do? #2

26 February-2 March 2018

a rewrite of twelve design principles

Two working periods in January and February to analyse, discuss and introduce strategies and methodological approaches as articulated in permaculture desgin practice (Mollison, Holmgren) in relation to the Pattern Theory (Alexander) towards an environ-mental & corpo-real understanding of artistic process and artistic research.
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postgraduate program, seminar

Pieter Vermeulen Performing knowledge.

9 March-9 February 2018 / ARIA - Antwerp

Lecture-performances in perspective

Duende Neon Mana close up small,copy

Lecture-performances have gained increasing attention in recent years, in the wake of the ‘academic turn’, which frames artistic praxis as a form of research. Its genealogy can arguably be traced back to the emergence of performance art in the 1960s, with canonical examples such as Robert Morris, Dan Graham, Andrea Fraser and Joseph Beuys. Contemporary artists like Sharon Hayes, William Kentridge, Rabih Mroué, Hito Steyerl, Amalia Ulman, Walid Raad, Bruce High Quality Foundation and many others are now continuing this historical legacy. Sharpening the relation between art and knowledge, their work can be situated at the intersection of visual art, lecture and performance.

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postgraduate program, seminar

Alberto Cossu / Ronny Heiremans / Nicolas Galeazzi Reclaiming economy – it’s art anyway

16-16 March 2018 / a.pass / starting at 19:00

an evening on the self-governing of fairness

In the framework the current block in which we work on the making of condition, a.pass is inviting together with SOTA, Alberto Cossu and Ronny Heiremans to discuss the self-governing for cultural practices under the defaul of different surrounding systems. Alberto works as a researcher within the occupied theater MACAO in Milano, Ronny researches as an artist in Belgium labour conditions through the rewriting of the artist contract.
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postgraduate program, workshop

Alberto Cossu crypting currency, etc.

16-16 March 2018 / a.pass 4th floor / 10:00 to 17:00

Next to the event Reclaiming Economy – it’s art, Alberto Cossu provides a workshop for us during the day of the 16th March. He will give us a closer insight into his practical experience with the common coin crypto-currency he helped to developed at MACAO and his profound research into the self-governance of that place. 

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Unfortunately we no longer have applications. Both programs: the Postgraduate as well as Research Center have come to an end due to the decision of the ministry of education to stop financing a.pass. At the moment we look into new plans for the future. More news soon on our website.

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