Open 10: (In)tolerance
No discourse seems more hollow at the present moment than that about tolerance and freedom of expression: in Western culture these concepts are scarcely capable any longer of generating meanings that apply and appeal to all of us. The codes, rules, agreements and symbols that determine our freedoms and rights within the public domain have ceased to function effectively. Leaving cynicism and nihilism behind, the politico-philosophical concept of the public sphere needs to be articulated anew. The desire for this is projected not just onto politics, but also onto art, architecture and the city. Open 10 brings together analyses, stances and proposals of theoreticians and artists.
Open is a notebook on art and the public domain, published twice a year. Open considers the interaction between art, commissioner, place and public in relation to developments within new media, architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture and spatial planning. Open adopts a thematic approach for its content. Beyond essays, interviews and columns, it includes book reviews, project documentation, artists' contributions and photographic essays. Open does not treat art as an isolated phenomenon, but as a component of wider-ranging creative, political and socio-cultural developments. Open is intended for everyone with an interest in contemporary art and the state of contemporary public space.