Thijs Lijster (1981) studied philosophy at the University of Groningen and the New School for Social Research in New York. Currently, he is assistant professor in the philosophy of art and culture at the University of Groningen, and postdoctoral researcher at the Culture Commons Quest Office of the University of Antwerp. He published De grote vlucht inwaarts (Bezige Bij, 2016) and Benjamin and Adorno on Art and Art Criticism. Critique of Art (Amsterdam University Press 2017), and coedited De kunst van kritiek. Adorno in context (Octavo 2015) and Spaces for Criticism. Shifts in Contemporary Art Discourses (Valiz 2015). This interview is a prepublication for the book The Future of the New. Artistic Innovation in Times of Social Acceleration, which is to be published by Valiz publishers in spring 2017.