Inclusive differentiation: a study of artistic techniques and devices of innovation

Lange, Ann-Christina. 2012. Inclusive differentiation: a study of artistic techniques and devices of innovation. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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This thesis presents a study of innovation that focuses on the promotion of art as a force of genuine invention and the unfolding of a much-desired ability to profit from this development.

Innovation lies at the heart of contested and divergent views on the role of artistic critique and the creation of value so pervasive in recent economic development, not least in the light of the financial crisis that erupted in 2007. This research connects to and builds upon an increasing engagement within economic sociology and social theory with the intermingling between art and business, or how art has come into view as a source of change. It takes experimental filmmaking and design methods associated with the European artistic avant-garde and anti-capitalistic critique as empirical examples. In doing so, this thesis explores an inclusive logic of differentiation centring on how ‘anti- capitalist’ critique feeds into processes of valuation, and explores how innovation practice benefits from the realities that it also excludes.

The thesis draws together insights from two ethnographic studies of innovation in which artistic critique is translated into tools of innovation. In doing so, it explores the way in which artistic critique suspends, provokes and tests ‘realities’ that might stand as sources of knowledge for the purpose of business innovation. It makes the key argument that art and business exist in differential relations in which the principles and values associated with art and business coexist in multiple combinations, which are intimately bound up with new sites of action, such as the formation of camps, labs and studio workshops. Drawing attention to how such differential relations between art and business are becoming central to the construction of contemporary economies, this thesis makes a critical contribution to innovation studies expanding its vocabulary and, at the same time, its empirical field.

Item Type:

Thesis (Doctoral)


Innovation, Capitalism, Art, Critique, Economic Sociology, Social Studies of Science and Technology (STS), Deleuze, Individuation, Kafka, Design, Dogma, Filmmaking, Territoriality, valuation, camp, inclusion, exclusion, fold.

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology > Centre for Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) [2003-2015]


September 2012

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26 Apr 2013 08:31

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08 Sep 2022 13:42


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