Artful Objects
Graham Harman on Art and the Business of Speculative Realism
Edited by Isak Nilson, Erik Wikbergau

Text By Daniel Birnbaum, Marcia Cavalcante, Michael Dahlén, Graham Harman, Jenny Lanz, Pierre Guillet De Monthoux, Isak Nilson, Sigrid Sandström, Ebba Sjögren, Emma Stenström, Lars Strannegård, Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Jo Widoff, Erik Wikberg


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“This credo provokes us to liberate things from the slavery of under- and overmining. To cast off the yokes of servile economic commodities laboring as pecuniary objects. It is also a book, mind you, performatively escaping its own servitude to herald artful entrepreneurship as: Where to start? Start with Art!”
— Daniel Hjorth,
Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Nottingham Business School; Adjunct Professor, Kyoto University

Art, Theory / History / Criticism
What is an object? This question was addressed by Graham Harman, the originator of object-oriented philosophy and a central figure of speculative realism, in a lecture at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Providing a thorough exposition of the object from an ontological standpoint, and putting forward a concept of the object beyond reductionism, Harman declares an approach that brings together philosophy and the arts where an object is not reducible to its components or effects and must instead be approached obliquely or indirectly. The lecture was held on the occasion of “Sculpture after Sculpture,” an exhibition of work by Katharina Fritsch, Jeff Koons, and Charles Ray. In the exhibition hall with the show’s thirteen sculptures, thirteen questions about the object were posed to Graham Harman by interlocutors from the worlds of art, business studies, and philosophy. This book is part of the SSE Art Initiative series Experiments in Art and Capitalism.

Erik Wikberg is Ph.D. Researcher at Stockholm School of Economics, Assistant Professor at the Swedish Defence University, Consultant, Entrepreneur and more.
Isak Nilson works in the intersection between art, humanities and business. He is currently based at the Stockholm School of Economics as the Director of Art Initiative involved in publishing, curating, and symposium production.

84 pages, 13 illustrations
Paperback, 12.5x19 cm
Sternberg Press, 1st edition 2021
ISBN 9783956795244