WHW (What, How and for Whom) (ed.)
Really Useful Knowledge
This catalogue investigates the notion of “really useful knowledge” and its origins. In the 1820s and 1830s, working class organisations in the UK introduced this phrase to describe a body of knowledge that encompassed various “unpractical” disciplines such as politics, economics and philosophy, as opposed to the “useful knowledge” proclaimed by business owners who had previously begun to invest more heavily in their companies’ progress through financing workers’ education in “applicable” disciplines like engineering, physics, chemistry and mathematics. The publication presents texts and conversations that analyse these themes, including philosophy, art, politics and technology. [publisher’s note]
With texts by What, How & for Whom, Marina Garcés, Raqs Media Collective, Luis Camnitzer, Trevor Paglen, Jacob Appelbaum, Fred Moten & Stefano Harney, G.M.Tamás.