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Transitive - Intransitive

Interventionist arts can seek to achieve concrete results, concentrating explicitly and deliberately on the socio-political. However, they can also intervene in an undirected manner, producing social configurations, practices, and social models which in many cases only come into focus once sufficient time has passed. These impact mechanisms are framed using the conceptual distinction of transitive and intransitive. Intransitive interventions are those with no clear goal or objective, though this does not necessarily render them less impactful. The terms transitive and intransitive are not proposed as a typological framework. Instead, they allow for differentiated descriptions of the entanglement of opposing interventionist practices.