The Arts in Society International Award for Excellence

The Arts in Society Journal Collection offers an annual International Award for Excellence for new research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of The Arts in Society Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 10

The Philosophy of Localness and the Arts: A Focus on the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

By analyzing the exhibitions of The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the author addresses problems of metropolis, the philosophy of locality, and the arts. Metropolis is topographical, physical and communicative, as well as cultural. Behind the cultural valence there is, however, still something more—a metaphysical community. Local orientation of a human brings about the common creation of the space, which involves not only pride in one’s identity, but also a sense of the infinite, the impossible, the incomprehensible, and the strange.

Impact Statement:

Why shall we think about our metropolis and the arts at the intersection of the world and home? The main aim of my research is to describe and interpret problems of the metropolis, philosophy of localness and the arts. A local metropolis is a space which brings to light the localness of a community which is stronger than any headline-making social events or conspicuous civilizational changes. Localness is present in the experiences of individuals who realize their potential within a community and do it with a sense of being rooted in the place. Barcelona would be a perfect example of such a good local community brought to light by Catalonia. Without strong regionalism there would be no home because it is only at home that the metropolis is able to exhibit its rootedness. One should give up the notion of the chief significance of rootlessness and the social project of tolerance based on the hotch-potch of different views and ways of living. It is true that they come to light within the metropolis on account of the vastness of its thinking and openness of its hospitable space. They are nevertheless not primary. Home is built by means of the power of the territory and the passion of thinking about the local position of a human being, however bombastic it may sound. This local orientation of a human does not lead to the closing of local worlds, but it does bring about the common creation of the space of certainties, which involves not only the unquestioned pride in one’s identity, but also the imperative to extend it in all directions: towards the infinite, toward the other, the impossible, the incomprehensible and the strange. —Kunce 2016.



Past Award Winners

Volume 9

Interrogating Women’s Experience of Ageing: Reinforcing or Challenging Clichés?
Hogan, Susan. 2015. "Interrogating Women’s Experience of Ageing: Reinforcing or Challenging Clichés?" The International Journal of Arts in Society: Annual Review 9: 1–18.


Volume 8

Facsimile and Originality: Changing Views of Classical Casts in Arts Education and Art History
Basile, Joseph. 2014. Facsimile and Originality: Changing Views of Classical Casts in Arts Education and Art History." The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review 8: 11–30.


Volume 7

Art in a Hidden World: Creative Process and Invisible Anomaly
Leong, Dawn-joy. 2013. "Art in a Hidden World: Creative Process and Invisible Anomaly." The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review 7: 29–39.


Volume 6

The Handed Self: Reaching Toward Individuation
Redwood,Cherie. 2012. "The Handed Self: Reaching Toward Individuation." The International Journal of the Arts in Society 6 (5): 221–234.


Volume 5

Public Memory, Private Truths: Voices of Women and Visual Narrative in Post-apartheid South Africa
Blum, Annette. 2011. "Public Memory, Private Truths: Voices of Women and Visual Narrative in Post-apartheid South Africa." The International Journal of the Arts in Society 5 (6): 13–32.


Volume 4

The Arts in a Time of Recession
Miringoff, Marque-Luisa, and Sandra Opdycke. 2010. "The Arts in a Time of Recession" The International Journal of the Arts in Society 4 (5): 141–168.