The 'do-it-yourself' Artwork: Participation from Fluxus to New Media

The 'do-it-yourself' Artwork: Participation from Fluxus to New Media
Library Shelf Location 03.DEZE
Publication Date 2010
Description Viewers of contemporary art are often invited to involve themselves actively in artworks, by entering installations, touching objects, performing instructions or clicking on interactive websites. Why have artists sought to engage spectators in these new forms of participation? In what ways does active participation affect the viewer’s experience and the status of the artwork? Spanning a range of practices including kinetic art, happenings, environments, performance, installations, relational and new media art from the 1950s to the present, this critical anthology sheds light on the history and specificity of artworks that only come to life when you – the viewer - are invited to ‘do it yourself.’ Rather than a specialist topic in the history of twentieth- and twenty-first century art, the ‘do-it-yourself’ artwork raises broader issues concerning the role of the viewer in art, the status of the artwork and the socio-political relations between art and its contexts.
ISBN 9780719087479
Quantity 1
Pages 312
Editor Anna Dezeuze
Format Paperback
Publisher Manchester University Press
Related Artists Bruce Nauman, David Medalla, Helio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Robert Morris
Category Surveys of Modern & Contemporary Art
Keywords Fluxus, Participation
Language English

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