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The 'do-it-yourself' artwork: participation from fluxus to new media

The 'do-it-yourself' artwork: participation from fluxus to new media

Dezeuze, Anna

Viewers of contemporary art are often invited to involve themselves actively in artworks. Spanning a range of practices, this anthology sheds light on the history and specificity of artworks that only come to life when the you - the viewer - are invited to 'do it yourself'

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010

Available at All Saints.

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Details

Statement of responsibility: edited by Anna Dezeuze
ISBN: 0719081440, 9780719081446
Intended audience: Specialized.
Physical Description: 336 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Art, Modern 20th century.; Art and Design.; Art, Modern 21st century.; Interactive art.; Arts audiences.

Contents

  1. Anna Dezeuze: What the do-it-yourself artwork can do for you
  2. Part I: Participation In Context
  3. Anna Dezeuze: “Open work,” “do-it-yourself artwork,” and bricolage
  4. Judith Rodenbeck: “creative acts of consumption” or, death in Venice
  5. Arnauld Pierre: Instability: the visual/bodily perception of space in kinetic environments
  6. Guy Brett: 3 Pioneers
  7. Part Ii: Performing Participation
  8. Catherine Wood: The rules of engagement: Displaced figuration in Robert Morris’s sculpture
  9. Frazer Ward: Marina Abramovic: Approaching zero
  10. Amelia Jones: Space, body and the self in the work of Bruce Nauman
  11. Janet Kraynak: Tiravanija’s liability
  12. Jennifer Gonzalez: the face and the public: Race, secrecy and digital art practice
  13. Part Iii: Analysing Participation
  14. Anna Dezeuze: Play, ritual and politics: Transitional artworks in the 1960s
  15. Christian Kravagna: Working on the community: Models of participatory practice
  16. Miwon Kwon: Exchange and reciprocity in some art of the 1960s and after
  17. Claire Bishop: Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics
  18. Beryl Graham: What kind of participative system? Critical vocabularies from new media art
  19. Index

Author note

Anna Dezeuze is an Honorary Research Fellow in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester

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.