This report is about the arts in the world after this. The world after COVID-19, the world after colonialism and globalization, the world after the digitization of society, and the world after climate change. In other words, itis about the arts in the world after the Enlightenment: a time in history when it was assumed we could reduce the world to objective facts, predict the behaviours of natural systems, and intervene in life bit by bit, in ways that would secure the results we desired and eliminate the ones we did not. Today, the world of linear, causal relationships governed by prediction and control is giving way to a world of emergence and inherent unpredictability. What does this have to do with art, you may wonder? More, I believe, than we can begin to imagine, yet just enough to recognize an opportunity, and prepare.
Maggs, D.(2021). Art and the world after this. Toronto, Ontario: The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation.
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