Relocalising Artistic Practices
‘Glocal’ is a buzzword. But what lies behind this blanket term? In his book Jihad vs McWorld (1995), the American political scientist Benjamin Barber describes the battle between global, deregulated market powers and the revival of traditional values found in the form of religious orthodoxy or extreme nationalism. Today, populist politicians propagate protectionism, anti-globalist policies and identity politics worldwide. In the arts, disconnected internationalism is increasingly replaced by relocalisation policies. Is it enough to counter populist identity claims? Or is a deeper and more fundamental rewriting of our international arts practice necessary?