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The Art of Participation

1950 to Now

Rudolf Frieling, Boris Groys

£24.95

A thorough history of participatory art, from early happenings and performances to current practices that demand audience interaction

Overview

This survey covers the rich and varied history of participatory art, from early happenings and performances to current practices that demand audience interaction.

As the hallmarks of the internet mindset — browsing, sharing, collecting, producing — increasingly permeate every aspect of society, this timely project reveals the ways in which artists and viewers have approached the creation of open works of art.

The featured artists include Abramovic/Ulay, Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, Janet Cardiff, Lygia Clark, Kit Galloway and Sherri Rabinowitz, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Allan Kaprow, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Antoni Muntadas, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik and Erwin Wurm.

Original essays by Rudolf Frieling, Boris Groys, Robert Atkins and Lev Manovich identify seminal moments in participatory practice from the 1950s to the present day. Hundreds of colour illustrations introduce work by all the artists in the accompanying exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with reproductions of significant projects by other major figures - from Hélio Oiticica, Joan Jonas and Gordon Matta-Clark to Komar & Melamid and Gabriel Orozco - rounding out the survey.

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Specifications

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 25.4 x 19.6 cm

Extent: 212 pp

Publication date: 20 October 2008

ISBN: 9780500238585

About the Author

Boris Groys is a German philosopher, curator, art critic and expert on late-Soviet postmodern literature and art, as well as the Russian avant-garde.

Rudolf Frieling is San Francisco MoMA’s curator of media arts.

List of Contributors

Robert Atkins, Lev Manovich