Art is Useless, Edgeless and Homeless

I have been in conversation about the relationship between art practice and research for quite some time. The questions raised ask us to think more deeply about what we believe we do as artists, educators, researchers, and cultural theorists. The title suggests why the visual arts is successful in taking on any role deemed necessary. Cultural, social and educational history is well served by aligning visual arts with a cause. Where we are less successful is explaining how the ever-expanding universe of visual arts practices makes a bang within traditional institutional systems. However, in the current business of educational incorporation, why is it a good idea to describe visual arts as useless, edgeless and homeless and how can this be defended?

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