Pascal Gielen is full professor of sociology of art and politics at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Antwerp University – Belgium) where he leads the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO). Gielen is editor-in-chief of the international book series Arts in Society. In 2016 he became laureate of the Odysseus grant for excellent international scientific research of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders in Belgium. His research focuses on creative labour, the institutional context of the arts and on cultural politics. Gielen has published many books, which are translated in English, Korean, Polish, Portugees, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
The art of civil action.
In his lecture Gielen analyses the relationship between art, politics and the public space in the creative city. He looks how artists and other creative ‘workers’ respond to this contemporary neoliberal policy by taking civil action in the grey zone between creativity and criminality.