The 'do-it-yourself' artwork: Participation from Fluxus to new media by Anna DezeuzeThe 'do-it-yourself' artwork: Participation from Fluxus to new media by Anna Dezeuze

The 'do-it-yourself' artwork: Participation from Fluxus to new media

EditorAnna Dezeuze

Paperback | May 30, 2012

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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 waysdoes 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 thehistory and specificity of artworks that only come to life when you - the viewer - are invited to "do it yourself." The volume consists of fifteen essays by art historians, critics and curators, which are divided into three sections. Part I addresses the emergence of spectator participation in the 1960s, while Part II brings together in-depth case studies of specific participatory practices in the 1960s, 1970sand 1990s, analysing the issues that they raise in their very modes of operation. The more general critical essays in Part III map out a range of theoretical approaches to the "do-it-yourself" artwork. Together, the three sections provide invaluable historical perspectives and theoretical tools forscholars, students, artists and readers interested in contemporary art. 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 thesocio-political relations between art and its contexts.
Anna Dezeuze is an independent scholar.
Title:The 'do-it-yourself' artwork: Participation from Fluxus to new mediaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pagesPublished:May 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0719087473

ISBN - 13:9780719087479

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Table of Contents

*An introduction to 'do-it-yourself'' artwork - Anna Dezeuze* * PART I: SITUATING PARTICIPATION * 3 Pioneers - Guy Brett * 'Open work,' 'do-it-yourself artwork,' and bricolage - Anna Dezeuze * 'Creative acts of consumption' or, death in Venice - Judith Rodenbeck* Instability: the visual/bodily perception of space in kinetic environments - Arnauld Pierre * PART II: PERFORMING PARTICIPATION * The rules of engagement: Displaced figuration in Robert Morris's sculpture - Catherine Wood * Marina Abramovic: Approaching zero - Frazer Ward* Space, body and the self in the work of Bruce Nauman - Amelia Jones* Tiravanija's liability - Janet Kraynak * The face and the public: Race, secrecy and digital art practice - Jennifer Gonzalez * PART III: THEORISING PARTICIPATION * Play, ritual and politics: Transitional artworks in the 1960s - Anna Dezeuze* Exchange and reciprocity in some art of the 1960s and after - Miwon Kwon * Working on the community: Models of participatory practice - Christian Kravagna* Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics - Claire Bishop* What kind of participative system? Critical vocabularies from new media art - Beryl Graham * Index