Facing Value - Radical Perspectives from the Arts

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Value as a non-economic notion is one of the hardest concepts to tackle. As it is immaterial, value is one of those core concepts that shape society, influence hearts and minds but defy an easy definition. To reformulate value as a constituting factor in an open and caring society requires a ‘tilting vision’. This fresh, upside-down perspective can be found especially amongst artists, including architects, writers, musicians, designers, playwrights and poets.
This book presents nine alternatives to regain personal power, find inspiration, shape a better environment, share energy and creativity, and build on a vital and just society. The authors propose to place values such as hesitation, care, giving and disconnection at the centre stage in order to reclaim value from the logic of capital. These nine alternatives are put forward in an anthology of texts by architects, philosophers, scientists, historians and economists. A selection of images and three artist's contributions are included to inspire the reader to rethink the scope and language of the current value system.