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    DescriptionFor over a decade, conceptual and performance art has been dominated by participatory art. Its champions, such as French curator Nicolas Bourriaud (who invented the term `relational aesthetics` to describe it) and American art historian Grant Kester, believe that by encouraging an audience to join in, the artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Artificial Hells is the first historical and theoretical overview of socially engaged participatory art. The book follows the trajectory of twentieth-century art and examines key moments in the development of the participatory aesthetic, in both Europe and America. This itinerary takes in Futurism, Dada, Situationism, Czechoslovakian Happenings, and Argentinean Conceptualism, and concludes with contemporary artists such as Thomas Hirschhorn, Tania Bruguera and Jeremy Deller. Since her controversial essay in Artforum in 2006, Claire Bishop has been one of the few to expose the political and aesthetic limitations of this work. In Artificial Hells she not only scrutinizes the claims for democracy and emancipation that the artists and critics make for the work, but also questions the turn to ethical (rather than artistic) criteria invited by such participatory and collaborative art.

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    Artificial Hells
    Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Claire Bishop
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844676903
    ISBN 10: 1844676900

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    LC classification: N
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15820, 25820
    BIC subject category V2: ACXJ
    BISAC V2.8: ART009000
    Abridged Dewey: 701
    B&T Approval Code: A02080000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ART008000, ART015100, ART037000
    BIC subject category V2: AFKP
    DC22: 709.05, 709.0407
    B&T Approval Code: A02480000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 709.04/07
    Thema V1.0: AGA, AFKP
    LC classification: N6494.I57 B57 2012
    Illustrations note
    100 colour illustrations
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    04 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Claire Bishop is Associate Professor in the History of Art department at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York. She is the author of Installation Art: A Critical History and editor of Participation. In 2008 she co-curated the exhibition Double Agent at the ICA. She is a regular contributor to Artforum, October, Tate Etc, IDEA, and other international art magazines.
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    Praise for Installation Art: `A profound understanding of the subject ... Rather than being a bland survey, it is critical and breaks new interpretative ground.` Margaret Iversen, University of Essex `An essential purchase and recommended reading - an important contribution to the field.` Michael Newman, The Art Institute of Chicago `An excellent introduction.` Amy Weiss, Library Journal Reviews