Carsten Holler's newest sculpture, Test Site, at the Tate recalls some of the questions raised at the Group Work Panel. Wittenbraker suggested that artists are responsible for the realm of imagination, and then we give ideas over to specialists, in order to execute and implement. Who does Holler give this idea to? We talked also about the artist using/manipulating the public as subjects for his/her own interests. This work suggests another relationship between artist and subject. We at powwow are really enamored by this Holler piece. A proposition for the future. A chance for play and thrills- a game. A better world through art, and pehaps a better art through the phenomenological moment. The disclaimer being that we at powwow haven't actually participated in/experienced the piece, only have we seen images which represent the idea. (Where's the art, here, anyways?)
Any thoughts, folks, on relating this work to the ideas of collaboration/relational aesthetics circulating from the panel?
Saturday's discussion at NEST was really a blowout. Feelings are mixed as to the coherence and effectiveness of the actual panel. Although, a few really interesting points of criticism about public art projects were made, and some thoughts about importing and exporting ideas were discussed in the context of G-Rad.
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