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Lesson 6

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About our last lesson on Nato Thompson's curator work "Living as form, socially engaged art from 1991-2011.

About our last lesson on Nato Thompson's curator work "Living as form, socially engaged art from 1991-2011.

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  • 1. Course of Site Specific Public Art Lesson #6 LIVING AS FORM SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART FROM 1991-2011 By Nato Thompson And GUIDELLINES FOR THE EXAM JANUARY 22nd 2013 1 Politecnico di Milano (Campus di Piacenza) School of Architecture and Society
  • 2. Course of Site Specific Public Art Lesson #6 THE COURSE ON THE WEB Instructions to follow the course: -Blog http://art-as-playground.blogspot.it/ Facebook page: Course of site specific public art Politecnico di Milano- Campus Piacenza #publicartpiacenza I send you a reading in pdf format. This is my adress: ornellacostanzopolipc@gmail.com 2 Politecnico di Milano (Campus di Piacenza) School of Architecture and Society
  • 3. Course of Site Specific Public Art Lesson #6 EXAM 18° FEBRUARY 2013 H 10.15 ORAL DISCUSSION OF YOUR CHOICE ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS AND ESSAYS: From MAPPING THE TERRAIN-NEW GENRE PUBLIC ART (SUSANNE LACY) -An unfashionable audience by Mary Jane Jacobs p.50-59 -Success and failure when art changes by Allan Kaprow p.152- 158 - Selected Artistic projects : Vito Acconci, Judith Baca, Joseph Beuys, Judy Chicago, Christo and Jeanne Claude, Group Material, Jenny Holzer, Allan Kaprow, Barbara Kruger, Susanne Lacy. 3 Politecnico di Milano (Campus di Piacenza) School of Architecture and Society
  • 4. Course of Site Specific Public Art Lesson #6 EXAM 18° FEBRUARY 2013 H 10.15 From RELATIONAL AESTHETICS BY NICOLAS BOURRIAUD - L’arte degli anni novanta p. 25-42 versione italiana)//Art in the 90’s (second chapter english version) - Gli spazi-tempo dello scambio p. 43-49)//Time-spaces of exchanges (second chapter english version) -Artists selected: Rirkrit Tiravanija, Vanessa Beecroft, Maurizio Cattelan, Brinch and Jacobsen, Christine Hill, Andrea Zittel, Carsten Holler. 4 Politecnico di Milano (Campus di Piacenza) School of Architecture and Society
  • 5. Course of Site Specific Public Art Lesson #6 EXAM 18° FEBRUARY 2013 H 10.15 From LIVING AS FORM-SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART FROM 1991- 2011 by Nato Thompson. - Living as form by Nato Thompson p. 17-33 -Selected artists: Ala Plastica, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Basurama, Tania Bruguera, Election night, Fritz Haeg, Complaint Choir, Land Foundation, Park Fiction, Pedro Reyes, Laurie Jo Reynolds, Tahrir Square, Women on waves, The Yes Men, Rick Lowe. 5 Politecnico di Milano (Campus di Piacenza) School of Architecture and Society
  • 6. Course of Site Specific Public Art Lesson #6 KEYWORDS: LIFE- FORM – LOCAL – GLOBAL – CULTURAL PRACTICES – PARTICIPATION – NEW SOCIAL ORDER – POLITICAL REALM – TYPES OF COMMUNICATION - 6 Politecnico di Milano (Campus di Piacenza) School of Architecture and Society
  • 7. Course of Site Specific Public Art Lesson #6 A speech on his work for the anthology Living as form by Nato Thompson https://vimeo.com/27289754 7 Politecnico di Milano (Campus di Piacenza) School of Architecture and Society
  • 8. Course of Site Specific Public Art Lesson #6 Key points of Nato Thompson’s study: -Difficulty to categorize these types of projects, they testify to the growing array of complex cultural productions all over the world - common background: socially engaged art that goes beyond the traditional border of art - It is not an art movement in the traditional meaning of the term - They are cultural practices that indicate a new social order( concerning participation, challenge power, dealing with different disciplines from urban planning and community work to theatre and visual art 8 Politecnico di Milano (Campus di Piacenza) School of Architecture and Society
  • 9. Course of Site Specific Public Art Lesson #6 Key points of Nato Thompson’s study: -Not only related to the world of contemporary art but includes various cultural phenomena (i.e critical mass, guerrilla gardening, micro-granting community etc) ; - desire to merge art and life ( see all the previous movements of the last century) ; - to look at them not only through the lens of western art history but considering also specific historical and local entities ; -It describes the temperature of what is happening around public practices worldwide in the last two decades ; 9 Politecnico di Milano (Campus di Piacenza) School of Architecture and Society
  • 10. Course of Site Specific Public Art Lesson #6 Key points of Nato Thompson’s study: - The meaning of LIFE within the Living as form research: -anti-representational: participation and sociality on one hand and genuine interpersonal human relationships; - a reaction to the two-dimensional state of the art; - a reaction to the alienating state caused by the society of the spectacle; - participation; - a work situated into the “real” world: intendend as a spatial place or public realm; - operating in the political sphere; 10 Politecnico di Milano (Campus di Piacenza) School of Architecture and Society
  • 11. Course of Site Specific Public Art Lesson #6 Key points of Nato Thompson’s study: - The meaning of FORM within the Living as form research: -People coming together is a form as well; - Affinities in methodology and political issues they face; - Focusing on how the work approaches the social issues; - Type of gatherings; - Type of media manipulation: media stunts as part of political realm; -Research and its presentation: share your knowledge also in a performative way; - Structural alternatives: DIY ethic, slow food, critical mass, community garden, all the forms of new civic life, alternative economics, schools and work as well; - Types of communication: the art of listening instead of speaking; 11 Politecnico di Milano (Campus di Piacenza) School of Architecture and Society
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