Where Are the Organizations? Accounting for the Fluidity and Ambiguity of Organizing in the Arts

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Organizational research on the arts is characterized by the lack of attention to organizations in this setting. The reasons for this are both empirical and theoretical and lead to an ignorance of how social collectives in the arts come into being, and how they come to act. In this chapter, I first give an overview of different streams of research on organizing and organizations in the arts, and show how a theorizing of both the art organization and the impact of the artwork on it is missing. I argue that CCO research is uniquely equipped to build on this relational view in order to address this “blind spot”, since it takes seriously the performative effects of language, gestures, and artefacts, which are often components of contemporary art practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of the Communicative Constitution of Organization
EditorsJoelle Basque, Nicolas Bencherki, Timothy Kuhn
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date07.04.2022
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-48070-7, 978-0-367-48072-1
ISBN (Electronic)|978-1-003-22491-4
Publication statusPublished - 07.04.2022

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