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Practicable: From Participation to Interaction in Contemporary Art

edited by Samuel Bianchini and Erik Verhagen
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Mit Press
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Series Foreword   xi
Credits and Acknowledgements   xiii

Introduction: Practicable - Art in the Conditional   1
Samuel Bianchini and Erik Verhagen

I   From Cybernetics Onward   23
1   Gordon Pask’s Cybernetic Systems: Conversations After the End of the 
Mechanical Age   25
Margit Rosen

2   The Artist as Homo Arbiter Formae: Art and Interaction in Jack Burnham’s Systems 
Essays   39
Luke Skrebowski

3   Two Decades of Interactive Art: Digital Technologies and Human Experience   55
Simon Penny

II  Art Scenes and Movements in Search of Participation   75
4   Against the Spectacle: The Construction of Situations   77
Vanessa Theodoropoulou

5   From Program to Behavior: The Experience of Arte Programmata in Italy, 
Emanuele Quinz

6   “The Breath Is Up to You”: On Some Works by Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, and 
Lygia Pape   113
Glória Ferreira

7   À la Recherche d’un Nouveau Spectateur: The Function and Significance of Play in 
the Participatory Environments of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel   127
Marion Hohlfeldt

8   Katsuhiro Yamaguchi: Performances and Environments   143
Christophe Charles

9   Tactical Media and the Aesthetics of Participation   159
Eric Kluitenberg

III From the Vantage Point of the Humanities and Social Sciences   179

10  Echoes of Pragmatism in Current Artistic Practices   181
Jean-Pierre Cometti

11  Art/Anthropology Interventions   195
Arnd Schneider

12  Habitable: Spectator Participation in Everyday Life   215
Anna Dezeuze

13  From the Practice of Roles to the Facts of Consciousness: Art and Its 
Qualities   235
Pierre-Damien Huyghe

14  Collaborating and Participating: A Connection Worth Examining   253
Véronique Goudinoux

15  Public Operation: Net Art, Sociology, and Practicable Media   265
Jean-Paul Fourmentraux

16  The Contractual Definition of the Work of Art: A Contribution to the Discussion 
of the Dispositif in Art   279
Judith Ickowicz

IV  Art in Action: On Performance   295

17  Why Participate? On the Concrete Experience of Participatory
Performances   297
Katrin Gattinger

18  Haptic Vision: The Female Body and “Practicable” Art   313
Giovanna Zapperi

19  Traveling Microbus Hordes: A Mobile Audience   329
Diedrich Diederichsen

20  Demo n.0   345
Peter Lunenfeld

V   Bringing About Interaction, Grasping, and Seeing: Exhibiting Practicable Works 
of Art   359

21  Toward a Dramaturgy of Interactivity   361
Jean-Louis Boissier

22  Stop, Drop, and Roll With It: Curating Participatory Media Art   377
Sarah Cook

23  Taking Hold of Images: Some Thoughts on the Free Handling of Photographs in 
Contemporary Art   397
Nathalie Delbard

VI  Some Key Works: Case Studies   409

24  Robert Rauschenberg’s Oracle: “A Laboratory for Testing Perceptions”   411
Christophe Leclercq

25  Lygia Clark’s Caminhando   421
Anna Dezeuze

26  Charlotte Posenenske: Mimetic Minimalism and Practicability   431
Renate Wiehager

27  The Artwork as Password: On Some Pieces by Piotr Kowalski   441
Jean-Christophe Bailly

28  Robert Morris’s Bodyspacemotionthings: Participation Reenacted   449
Catherine Wood

29  “Therapeutic” Participation: On the Legacy of Bruce Nauman’s Yellow Room 
(Triangular) and Other Works   459
Janet Kraynak

30  Welcome! On Dan Graham’s Opposing Mirrors and Video Monitors on Time 
Delay   469
Françoise Parfait

31  On Cruelty in Art: Marina Abramović, Rhythm 0    479
Gilles Froger

32  Viewer-Instrumented Play: Very Nervous System by David Rokeby   493
Jean Gagnon

33  When Objects Speak in Images: Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Homeless Vehicle Project as 
an Instrument of Public Discussion   503
Christophe Domino

34  Reflections on Jeffrey Shaw’s Golden Calf, 1994   513
Daniel Pinkas

35  Janet Cardiff’s Walks   525
Andrea Urlberger

36  The Gravity of Art: On Carsten Höller’s Untitled (Slide), 2011   531
Madeline Schwartzman

37  Exhibiting the Museum: The Hybrid Spaces of Workspace Unlimited   543
Dominique Moulon

VII Words from Artists and Theoreticians: Interviews   551

38  “Creating a Living Responsive Environment”   553
Julie Martin Interviewed by Christophe Leclercq

39  The Action Is the Original   569
Franz Erhard Walther Interviewed by Erik Verhagen

40  From Interaction to Public Authorship   583
Jochen Gerz Interviewed by Marion Hohlfeldt

41  In Search of Relational Art   595
Piero Gilardi Interviewed by Emanuele Quinz

42  “Open Fields of Enactment”   607
Peter Weibel Interviewed by Marion Hohlfeldt

43  Reading Beyond Interactivity   621
Masaki Fujihata Interviewed by Dominique Cunin and Mayumi Okura

44  “Form Is a Position”   633
Thomas Hirschhorn Interviewed by Eddie Panier

45  Observational Practices: A Conversation on Rhythm, Pace, and Crowd 
Interaction   643
Jordan Crandall Interviewed by Anne Zeitz

46  “Is There a Revolution?”   655
Rirkrit Tiravanija Interviewed by Chantal Pontbriand

47  “A Direct Dialogue with One’s Own Perception”   667
Seiko Mikami Interviewed by Hiroko Myokam

48  Everything Is Sculpture   677
Ernesto Neto Interviewed by Glória Ferreira

49  Out of Control   691
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Interviewed by Alberto Sánchez Balmisa

50  Blast Theory: Playing with Publics   705
Matt Adams Interviewed by Frédérik Lesage

51  “The Granularity of Participation”   719
Usman Haque Interviewed by Valérie Châtelet

52  Critical Design: Art and Politics of Public Spaces   733
HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen) Interviewed by Jean-Paul Fourmentraux

53  Exhibiting the Visitor   747
Lawrence Malstaf Interviewed by Dominique Moulon

54  “I See Each of My Works as a Tool”   759
Jeppe Hein Interviewed by Frederik Schikowski

55  Composing the Political Arts: On the Modes of Being of Artworks and Their 
Public   771
Bruno Latour Interviewed by Samuel Bianchini and Jean-Paul Fourmentraux

56  “Use Is Almost Meaning in Three Dimensions”   781
Nicolas Bourriaud Interviewed by Larisa Dryansky

57  “The Myth of the Active Subject”   795
Claire Bishop Interviewed by David Zerbib

Bibliography   809
Contributors   849
Index   877