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From Idea To Concept, Environment, Performance And Installation


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Continuing to look at the fall-out from modernism, this week we explore land-art, performance and installation. Specific emphasis is placed upon the work of Robert Smithson and Ana Mendieta.

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From Idea To Concept, Environment, Performance And Installation

  1. 1. Postmodernism in art: an introduction<br />from object to concept: environment, performance and installation<br />
  2. 2. Walter De Maria Lightning Field (1971) Western New Mexico<br />
  3. 3. Richard Long (1967) A Line Made by Walking England.<br />
  4. 4. Robert Smithson<br />Nonsite, Franklin, New Jersey<br />
  5. 5. Robert Smithson<br />“One thing films have is the power to take perception elsewhere” (Smithson [1971] 1979, p.105)<br />Spiral Jetty (1970)<br />Actual work made in the Great Salt Lake in Utah.<br />
  6. 6. Robert Smithson<br />“Like the nonsite, the Jetty is not a discrete work, but one link in a chain of signifiers which summon and refer to one another in a dizzying spiral. For where else does the Jetty exist except in the film which Smithson made, the narrative he published, the photographs which accompany that narrative, and the various maps, diagrams, drawings, etc., he made about it?” (Owens [1979] 1994, p.47)<br />
  7. 7. Ana Mendieta<br />Ana Mendieta, untitled from the Silhueta Series. photographs of performance-based earthworks, Mexico (1973-1980)<br />
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  9. 9. Glass on body (1972)<br />Ana Mendieta<br />
  10. 10. Rape Scene (1973)<br />
  11. 11. Judy Chicago (1971)<br />Hannah Wilke (1977)<br />
  12. 12. Hannah Wilke (1978-81) Potrait of the Artist with Her Mother, Selma Butter<br />
  13. 13. Hannah Wilke (1992) Intra Venus [detail]<br />
  14. 14. Laurie Anderson<br />Mach 20 (1983), from United States<br />Clip from “O Superman” ([1981]1982)<br />
  15. 15. Installation<br />Mark Rosenthal suggested that Installation art might be best understood when broken up as follows:<br />
  16. 16. Enchantment<br />Right: Lucas Samaras (1966) Mirror Room. Below: IlyaKabakovThe Man who Flew in to Space (1985)<br />
  17. 17. Impersonations<br />JannisKounellis (1969) Untitled<br />
  18. 18. Interventions<br />Vito Acconci (1972) in Sonnabend Gallery, New york<br />
  19. 19. Rapproachments<br />Christo and Jeanne-Claude<br />
  20. 20. Bruce Nauman (1970-1) Green Light Corridor<br />
  21. 21. References<br />Owens, C ([1979] 1994) Earthwords, in Owens, C Beyond Recognition: Representation, Power and Culture. London, University of California Press. Pp. 40-51<br />Smithson ([1971] 1979) A Cinematic Atopia, in Holt, N (ed.) The writings of Robert Smithson. New York, New York University Press.<br />
  22. 22. Appendix: Robert Smithson<br />Site<br />Open Limits<br />A series of points<br />Outer Coordinates<br />Subtraction<br />Indeterminate Certainty<br />Scattered Information<br />Reflection<br />Edge<br />Some Place (physical)<br />Many<br />Non-Site<br />Closed Limits<br />An Array of Matter<br />Inner Coordinates<br />Addition<br />Determinate Uncertainty<br />Contained Information<br />Mirror<br />Center<br />No Place (abstract)<br />One<br />