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Artificial hells : participatory art and the politics of spectatorship

Author: Claire Bishop
Publisher: London : Verso, 2012.
Series: ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous, ranging from art historians such as Grant Kester, curators such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Nato Thompson, to performance  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Bishop, Claire.
Artificial hells.
London : Verso, 2012
(DLC) 2012010607
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Bishop
ISBN: 1844677966 9781844677962
OCLC Number: 961882717
Description: 1 online resource (382 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The social turn: collaboration and its discontents ---
Artificial hells: the historic avant-garde ---
Je participe, tu participes, il participe ---
Social sadism made explicit ---
The social under socialism ---
Incidental people: APG and community arts ---
Former West: art as project in the early 1990s ---
Delegated performance: outsourcing authenticity ---
Pedagogic projects: 'how do you bring a classroom to life as if it were a work of art?' ---
Conclusion: spectacle and participation.
Series Title: ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Other Titles: Participatory art and the politics of spectatorship
Responsibility: Claire Bishop.

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Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous, ranging from art historians such as Grant Kester, curators such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Nato Thompson, to performance theorists such as Shannon Jackson. Artificial Hells is the first historical and theoretical overview of socially engaged participatory art, known in the US as "social practice." Claire Bishop follows the trajectory of twentieth-century art and examines key moments in the development of a participatory aesthetic. This itinerary takes in Futurism and Dada; the Situationist International; Happenings in Eastern Europe, Argentina and Paris; the 1970s Community Arts Movement; and the Artists Placement Group. It concludes with a discussion of long-term educational projects by contemporary artists such as Thomas Hirschhorn, Tania Bruguera, Pawel Althamer and Paul Chan. Since her controversial essay in Artforum in 2006, Claire Bishop has been one of the few to challenge the political and aesthetic ambitions of participatory art. In Artificial Hells, she not only scrutinizes the emancipatory claims made for these projects, but also provides an alternative to the ethical (rather than artistic) criteria invited by such artworks. Artificial Hells calls for a less prescriptive approach to art and politics, and for more compelling, troubling and bolder forms of participatory art and criticism. -- Back cover.

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