Installation Art: Between Image and Stage

Installation Art: Between Image and Stage

by Anne Ring Petersen


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Installation Art: Between Image and Stage by Anne Ring Petersen

Despite its large and growing popularity—to say nothing of its near-ubiquity in the world’s art scenes and international exhibitions of contemporary art—installation art remains a form whose artistic vocabulary and conceptual basis have rarely been subjected to thorough critical examination.
With this book, Anne Ring Petersen aims to change that. She begins by exploring how installation art developed into an interdisciplinary genre in the 1960s, and how its intertwining of the visual and the performative has acted as a catalyst for the generation of new artistic phenomena. She goes on to address a series of basic questions that get at the heart of what installation art is and how it is defined. Drawing on the work of such well-known artists as Bruce Nauman, Pipilotti Rist, Ilya Kabakov, and many others, Petersen breaks crucial new ground in understanding the conceptual underpinnings of this vibrant form.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788763542579
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Anne Ring Petersen is associate professor in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen and the editor of Contemporary Painting in Context.

Table of Contents

Space of perspective, space of experience
Situating this book
An overview

1. Towards a definition
Passage works
Genre or not?
Installation - a definition I
Minimum and maximum installations
Ergon and parergon - an analytical model

2. Articulating installation
The body in space
Discourse analysis
From sculpture, to environment, to installation
The ideological effect of installation discourse
Space in installation discourse
Three main positions in installation discourse

3. Viewpoints on installation
The aesthetics of presence
Contextualism and institutional critique
Institutionalisation and categorization
Sculpture and staging 106 Object and event
Installation as passage work I
Exhibition and photo documentation

4. Articulating performance
Performance - a new paradigm?
Performance as aesthetic expression
Performance and performativity
The performative turn
In the interface between theatre and the visual arts
The myth of unmediated presence 139 Performance and postmodernism

5. Installation as shaped space
Activating space
Mona Hatoum: Light Sentence
Installation - a space with four dimensions
An aesthetically organised space
Fictional space
Merging the work’s space and the viewer-performer’s real space

6. Installation as temporal situation
Time in art
Represented time and reception time
Three ways of thematising time
The temporary installation
Installation as time model
The narrative installation

7. Installation between image and stage
Performative installation
Performance, performativity, theatricality
The performativity of experiencing art
The theatricality of installation art
Juan Muñoz and the theatre of the gaze
Crossovers between performance and installation art
Long-term consequences of exchange
Thomas Bang and the scenography of objects
A dialectic experience

8. Performance theatre between stage and image
Avant-garde and minimalism
Robert Wilson’s theatre of images
Space as frame: Hotel Pro Forma

9. Navigation, immersion and interaction in video installation
Art and technology
Subject and object
Viewer and work
Navigation, immersion and interaction
White cubes and black boxes
“Teachings” of video installation

10. Site and context
Site as the source of meaning
Site-specificity since the 1990s
Site and performance
Site as event

11. Conclusion: On the threshold between art and culture
Installation - a definition II
The open work
Installation as cross-cultural expression
Installation as passage work II

12. Epilogue: A historical threshold
Approaching a historical explanation
Decentring the subject, decentring mankind
Installation as spectacle and themescape
Installation and consumer culture
Navigating installation’s space

List of illustrations
List of figures

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