Includes bibliographical references (pages 200-203) and index.
Theoretical frameworks -- The poetics of the Open work / Umberto Eco -- The death of the author / Roland Barthes -- The negation of the autonomy of art by the Avant-garde / Peter Bürger -- The inoperative community / Jean-Luc Nancy -- Poetics of relation / Édouard Glissant -- Chaosmosis : an ethico-aesthetic paradigm / Félix Guattari -- Problems and transformations in critical art / Jacques Rancière. -- Artists writings -- Towards a situationist international / Guy Debord -- Notes on the elimination of the audience / Allan Kaprow -- Dance in my experience / Hélio Oiticica -- Letters 1968-69 / Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica -- Project for the experimental art series, Rosario / Graciela Carnevale -- Report of a day's proceedings at the Bureau for Direct Democracy / Joseph Beuys and Dirk Schwarze -- I am searching for field character / Joseph Beuys -- Ten appearances / Collective Actions -- Notes on funk, I-II / Adrian Piper -- On democracy / Group Material -- Transnacionala: A journey from the East to the West / Eda Cufer -- The Baudouin/Boudewijn experiment : a deliberate, non-fatalistic, large-scale group experiment in deviation / Carsten Höller -- The battle of Orgreave / Jeremy Deller -- No ghosts in the wall / Rirkrit Tiravanija -- 24h Foucault / Thomas Hirschhorn. -- Critical and curatorial positions -- Relational aesthetics / Nicolas Bourriaud -- Social aesthetics / Lars Bang Larsen -- What is a station? / Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Rirkrit Tiravanija -- Chat rooms / Hal Foster.
The desire to move viewers out of the role of passive observers and into the role of producers is one of the hallmarks of twentieth-century art. This tendency can be found in practices and projects ranging from El Lissitzky's exhibition designs to Allan Kaprow's happenings, from minimalist objects to installation art. More recently, this kind of participatory art has gone so far as to encourage and produce new social relationships. Guy Debord's celebrated argument that capitalism fragments the social bond has become the premise for much relational art seeking to challenge and provide alternatives to the discontents of contemporary life. This publication collects texts that place this artistic development in historical and theoretical context. Participation begins with writings that provide a theoretical framework for relational art, with essays by Umberto Eco, Bertolt Brecht, Roland Barthes, Peter Bürger, Jen-Luc Nancy, Edouard Glissant, and Félix Guattari, as well as the first translation into English of Jacques Rancière's influential "Problems and Transformations in Critical Art." The book also includes central writings by such artists as Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Joseph Beuys, Augusto Boal, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. And it features recent critical and curatorial debates, with discussions by Lars Bang Larsen, Nicolas Bourriaud, Hal Foster, and Hans-Ulrich Obrist.