Open Form: Space, Interaction, and the Tradition of Oskar Hansen

Open Form: Space, Interaction, and the Tradition of Oskar Hansen
Library Shelf Location 05.WIED
Publication Date 2014

Contributions by Anna Molska, Łukasz Ronduda, Felicity Scott, Axel Wieder, Michał Woliński, Florian Zeyfang; interviews with Wiktor Gutt, Grzegorz Kowalski, Paweł Kwiek, Anna Niesterowicz, Artur Żmijewski

Oskar Hansen’s (1922–2005) theoretical concept of “open form” was developed in the context of international debates around late-modern architecture in the 1950s. Open form assumed that no artistic expression is complete until it has been appropriated by its users or beholders. In the following decades, the concept became a key principle of performance and film art, and led to the development of process-oriented and interdisciplinary artistic techniques. Hansen’s concept revolutionized the traditional means of artistic communication.

This publication examines the impact of Hansen’s ideas within contemporary visual culture and the redefined role of the viewer since the 1960s. The book includes in-depth interviews with some of the most important protagonists of experimental art in Poland, who investigate the historical impact of the open form. Other contributions comment on the theory’s influence on a younger generation of artists. Visual material by Hansen and the artists complete this extensive volume.

ISBN 9783943365986
Quantity 1
Pages 248
Authors Artur Żmijewski, Anna Niesterowicz, Paweł Kwiek, Grzegorz Kowalski, Wiktor Gutt, Florian Zeyfang, Michał Woliński, Axel Wieder, Felicity Scott, Łukasz Ronduda, Anna Molska
Format Paperback
Publisher Sternberg Press, Berlin
Category Theory
Language English

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