La Pesadilla de la Participación. Markus Miessen

Edición en castellano del libro The Nightmare of Participation [Crossbench Praxis as a Mode of Criticality]

En línea con el estado de la profesión en los tiempos que corren, este libro cierra la trilogía sobre “Participación”, con la que Miessen reclama la figura del “outsider desinteresado” alguien no sujeto a los protocolos existentes y que se anima a lanzar propuestas solamente armado de su inteligencia creativa y la voluntad de generar un cambio en su entorno. Miessen propone una forma urgente de participación que traspase el consenso político interesado e inefectivo. Un agente de conflictos constructivos, que refresque los campos del conocimiento con una nueva mirada... A veces, "la democracia" tiene que ser evitada a toda costa.

El libro incluye:
- Introducción de Eyal Weizman
- Conversación con Chantal Mouffe
- Entrevista con Hans Ulrich Obrist
- Post-scripts por Bassam El Baroni, Jeremy Beaudry y Carson Chan.

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Over the last decade, the term “participation” has become increasingly overused. When everyone has been turned into a participant, the use of the term has become frightening. Supported by a repeatedly nostalgic veneer of worthiness, participation has become the default of politicians withdrawing from responsibility. In this book Miessen encourages the role of what he calls the “crossbench practitioner,” an “uninterested outsider” and “uncalled participator” who is not limited by existing protocols, and who enters the arena with nothing but creative intellect and the will to generate change.

The book calls for a format of conflictual participation—no longer a process by which others are invited “in,” but a means of acting without mandate, as uninvited irritant: a forced entry into fields of knowledge that arguably benefit from exterior thinking. Sometimes, democracy has to be avoided at all costs.

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