27. “Participation” edited by Claire Bishop

OCAC’s Drawing/Painting Department is welcoming Mary Ann Peters this week for a 5 day Visiting Artist Residency, “Drawing on Site”. Mary Ann will be working in the hallway of the Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building. She will be giving an Artists’ Talk about her work, process, and her plans for this residency today at 12:30pm. Her residency this week will be an interactive one that encourages visitors to watch her work, ask questions, and otherwise interact with the artist as she is in the process of making. It sure to be an exciting and thought-provoking project, so don’t miss it. More information about the project is here: http://ocac.edu/#/events/calendar/2011-oct17-mary-ann-peters-visiting-artist-lecture/

Participation edited by Claire Bishop

In the spirit of interactive art, the library has selected a title that addresses the issues surrounding interactive art and the notion of the viewer as contributor/participant in the art making process. This week’s pick is Participation edited by Claire Bishop. This book is part of the

Documents of contemporary art series from MIT Press. It’s a compendium of essays, excerpts, interviews, and other writings by a wide variety of scholars, artists, and theorists – all of which address the tendency and  “the desire to move viewers out of the role of passive observers and into the role of producers” (from the publisher) in twentieth-century art.  Participation is an excellent collection of writings that put interactive or participatory art in context historically and theoretically.

Notable contributors include Umberto Eco, Bertolt Brecht, Roland Barthes, Peter Bürger, Jen-Luc Nancy, Edoaurd Glissant, Félix Guattari, Lars Bang Larsen, Nicolas Bourriaud, Hal Foster, and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, as well as writings by such artists as Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Joseph Beuys, Augusto Boal, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

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