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andlt;Pandgt;Over the past twenty years, an abundance of art forms have emerged that use aesthetics to affect social dynamics. These works are often produced by collectives or come out of a community context; they emphasize participation, dialogue, and action, and appear in situations ranging from theater to activism to urban planning to visual art to health care. Engaged with the texture of living, these art works often blur the line between art and life. This book offers the first global portrait of a complex and exciting mode of cultural production--one that has virtually redefined contemporary art practice. andlt;Iandgt;Living as Formandlt;/Iandgt; grew out of a major exhibition at Creative Time in New York City. Like the exhibition, the book is a landmark survey of more than 100 projects selected by a thirty-person curatorial advisory team; each project is documented by a selection of color images. The artists include the Danish collective Superflex, who empower communities to challenge corporate interest; Turner Prize nominee Jeremy Deller, creator of socially and politically charged performance works; Women on Waves, who provide abortion services and information to women in regions where the procedure is illegal; and Santiágo Cirugeda, an architect who builds temporary structures to solve housing problems. andlt;/Pandgt;andlt;Pandgt; andlt;Iandgt;Living as Formandlt;/Iandgt; contains commissioned essays from noted critics and theorists who look at this phenomenon from a global perspective and broaden the range of what constitutes this form.andlt;/Pandgt;andlt;Pandgt;Contributing authorsClaire Bishop, Carol Becker, Teddy Cruz, Brian Holmes, Shannon Jackson, Maria Lind, Anne Pasternak, Nato Thompsonandlt;/Pandgt;

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"Thompson's survey of the last 20 years of socially-engaged, participatory, and often politically active art attempts to contextualize and historicize this diverse array of works 'that emphasize participation, challenge power, and span disciplines.' Seeking to transcend the view that art is a commodity in a gallery, the artists and organizations presented here create work 'that involves more people than objects, whose horizon is social and political change.' In 2007, Paul Chan put on free performances of Beckett's play 'Waiting for Godot' in New Orleans' hurricane-stricken Lower Ninth Ward, while raising funds for local relief agencies. Enacting a more generalized critique of U.S. foreign policy and capitalism, The Yes Men printed and disseminated false editions of major global newspapers, and invented the 'Dow Acceptable Risk calculator' which determines 'how many deaths are acceptable when achieving profits.' Interestingly, projects and events that are not typically considered art, such as Wikileaks, the celebrations that took place in Harlem after Barack Obama was elected President, and the occupation by protesters of Cairo's Tahrir Square in the Spring of 2011are also included, in a sense divorcing the notion of art from that of the individual artist. 'As art enters life,' Thompson (editor, The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life) writes, 'the question that will motivate people far more than What is art? is the much more metaphysically relevant and pressing What is life?' Photos. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Over the past twenty years, an abundance of art forms have emerged that use aesthetics to affect social dynamics. These works are often produced by collectives or come out of a community context; they emphasize participation, dialogue, and action, and appear in situations ranging from theater to activism to urban planning to visual art to health care. Engaged with the texture of living, these art works often blur the line between art and life. This book offers the first global portrait of a complex and exciting mode of cultural production--one that has virtually redefined contemporary art practice. Living as Form grew out of a major exhibition at Creative Time in New York City. Like the exhibition, the book is a landmark survey of more than 100 projects selected by a thirty-person curatorial advisory team; each project is documented by a selection of color images. The artists include the Danish collective Superflex, who empower communities to challenge corporate interest; Turner Prize nominee Jeremy Deller, creator of socially and politically charged performance works; Women on Waves, who provide abortion services and information to women in regions where the procedure is illegal; and Santiágo Cirugeda, an architect who builds temporary structures to solve housing problems.

Living as Form contains commissioned essays from noted critics and theorists who look at this phenomenon from a global perspective and broaden the range of what constitutes this form.

Contributing authorsClaire Bishop, Carol Becker, Teddy Cruz, Brian Holmes, Shannon Jackson, Maria Lind, Anne Pasternak, Nato Thompson

About the Author

Nato Thompson is Chief Curator at the New York--based public arts institution Creative Time. He edited The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life and Becoming Animal (both published by the MIT Press) and curated the MASS MoCA exhibitions they accompanied.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262017343
Author:
Thompson, Nato
Publisher:
Mit Press
Author:
Thompson, NATO
Author:
Creative Time
Location:
Cambridge
Copyright:
Series:
Living as Form
Publication Date:
20120217
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
250 color illus., 50 b, &, w illus.
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
11 x 8 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Thompson's survey of the last 20 years of socially-engaged, participatory, and often politically active art attempts to contextualize and historicize this diverse array of works 'that emphasize participation, challenge power, and span disciplines.' Seeking to transcend the view that art is a commodity in a gallery, the artists and organizations presented here create work 'that involves more people than objects, whose horizon is social and political change.' In 2007, Paul Chan put on free performances of Beckett's play 'Waiting for Godot' in New Orleans' hurricane-stricken Lower Ninth Ward, while raising funds for local relief agencies. Enacting a more generalized critique of U.S. foreign policy and capitalism, The Yes Men printed and disseminated false editions of major global newspapers, and invented the 'Dow Acceptable Risk calculator' which determines 'how many deaths are acceptable when achieving profits.' Interestingly, projects and events that are not typically considered art, such as Wikileaks, the celebrations that took place in Harlem after Barack Obama was elected President, and the occupation by protesters of Cairo's Tahrir Square in the Spring of 2011are also included, in a sense divorcing the notion of art from that of the individual artist. 'As art enters life,' Thompson (editor, The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life) writes, 'the question that will motivate people far more than What is art? is the much more metaphysically relevant and pressing What is life?' Photos. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Over the past twenty years, an abundance of art forms have emerged that use aesthetics to affect social dynamics. These works are often produced by collectives or come out of a community context; they emphasize participation, dialogue, and action, and appear in situations ranging from theater to activism to urban planning to visual art to health care. Engaged with the texture of living, these art works often blur the line between art and life. This book offers the first global portrait of a complex and exciting mode of cultural production--one that has virtually redefined contemporary art practice. Living as Form grew out of a major exhibition at Creative Time in New York City. Like the exhibition, the book is a landmark survey of more than 100 projects selected by a thirty-person curatorial advisory team; each project is documented by a selection of color images. The artists include the Danish collective Superflex, who empower communities to challenge corporate interest; Turner Prize nominee Jeremy Deller, creator of socially and politically charged performance works; Women on Waves, who provide abortion services and information to women in regions where the procedure is illegal; and Santiágo Cirugeda, an architect who builds temporary structures to solve housing problems.

Living as Form contains commissioned essays from noted critics and theorists who look at this phenomenon from a global perspective and broaden the range of what constitutes this form.

Contributing authorsClaire Bishop, Carol Becker, Teddy Cruz, Brian Holmes, Shannon Jackson, Maria Lind, Anne Pasternak, Nato Thompson

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