Stop, Drop, and Roll With It: Curating Participatory Media Art

Sarah Cook

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The anthology addresses works of art that are constituted by practical participation of their viewers, asking in what ways have the conditions of the conception, production and reception of works of art been 'disrupted' to the point of introducing new ways of working. The book considers the history of participatory and practicable art including the influence of cybernetics on art, on art movements that have incorporated participation, on relevant theories from anthropology and sociology and on the role of performance. At over 800 pages the book also includes case studies and interviews with key artists and theorists including Bruno Latour, Rirkrit Ritavanija, Peter Weibel, Janet Cardiff, Thomas Hirschhorn and many others.
The chapter considers the role of the curator in facilitating interaction in technology-driven or technology-led artworks and includes discussion of the work of Antony Gormley, Shaina Anand, Aram Bartholl, Germaine Koh, and other international artists, as well as curatorial projects such as Interactivos, the Montreal Biennial, museum interventions and public art.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPracticable
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Participation to Interaction in Contemporary Art
EditorsSamuel Bianchini, Erik Verhagen
Place of PublicationCambridge, MA
PublisherMIT Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780262335584
ISBN (Print)9780262034753
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Publication series

NameLeonardo Book Series
PublisherMIT Press


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