Artful Objects: Graham Harman on Art and the Business of Speculative Realism
Published by Sternberg Press and distributed by MIT Press, Artdata, Les Presses du Réel.
Edited by Isak Nilson and Erik Wikberg.
Providing a thorough exposition of the object from an ontological standpoint, and putting forward a concept of the object beyond reductionism, Harman declares an approach that brings together philosophy and the arts where an object is not reducible to its components or effects and must instead be approached obliquely or indirectly.
The lecture was held on the occasion of “Sculpture after Sculpture,” an exhibition of work by Katharina Fritsch, Jeff Koons, and Charles Ray. In the exhibition hall with the show’s thirteen sculptures, thirteen questions about the object were posed to Graham Harman by interlocutors from the worlds of art, business studies, and philosophy.
Pierre Guillet de Monthoux
SSE Art Initiative brings together art, business, and philosophy in a way that is vibrant, relevant and meaningful and underlines art’s ability to fertilize and influence society.
Gitte Ørskou, Director of Moderna museet
This credo provokes us to liberate things from the slavery of under- and overmining. To cast off the yokes of servile economic commodities, laboring as pecuniary objects. It is also a book, mind you, performatively escaping its own servitude to herald artful entrepreneurship as: Where to start? Start with Art!
Daniel Hjorth, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, Prof. at Nottingham Business School, the UK, and Adjunct Prof. at Graduate School of Management, Kyoto, Japan.