FORUM 2

20 Feb 2013

The readings for the second forum provided a perspective on contemporary institutional critique and an alternative model of socially engaged practice.
The texts offered a theoretical background for the second stage of the forum, in which we participated in the practical discussion of specific works. Each forum member presented a specific artist’s work to the group by way of internet images, article or video.  Following each presentation, the group collectively negotiated the position of each work within the map.

A question that emerged from the discussion in the first part of the forum was:

“If art does not designate itself as such, at what point is it art? Who decides?”
F2notes
Forum 2 Texts:
F2_conceptmapText-Topic Map ‘Text-Topic map’ is a static map designed to show our diverse research interests by extracting topics from each text material that AlterForum has studied and discussed. It is expected to show the spectrum of research topics of each text and is furthered to show relationships among different texts in terms of research topic in their superimposition. 6 topics are extracted so far and expected to be consolidated in line with following forums and discussions:

  • Relational Aesthetics
  • Participation
  • Social realism
  • Social activism
  • Social engagement
  • Institutional critique

The below chart shows references of the texts described in the text-topic map.

1.    Forum texts

Author

Title

1st

29 Jan 2013

Stephen Willats The Transmitted Picture Seeking Consistency Willats 1
Communication in Art Practice Willats 2
Object-Based Consciousness Willats 3
Art Practice: from Object to Interaction Willats 4
Gene Ray On Conditions of Anti-Capitalist Art: Radical Cultural Practices and the Capitalist Art System Ray 1

2nd

20 Feb 2013

Brian Holmes Extradisciplinary Investigation: Towards a New Critique of Institutions Holmes 1
Mathew David Rana &Anthony Marcellini Notes Toward a Non-Anthropocentric Social Practices Rana 1

2.     Appendix texts

Author

Title

1st

29 Jan 2013

Claire Bishop Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics Bishop 1
Liam Gillick A Response to Claire Bishop’s “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics” Gillick 1
Karen Bernier-Cast Gargoyles, Kisses and Clowns: A Study of Carnivalesque Male Urinals and Restrooms Cast 1
Rikke Hansen Things vs Objects Hansen 1
Guy Brett Lygia Clark: In Search of the Body Guy 1

2nd

20 Feb 2013

Radical Culture Research Collective(RCRC) A Very Short Critique of Relational Aesthetics RCRC 1
The positioning maps below reflect group work from Alterforum 1 and 2, respectively. Each diagram shows slightly different systems of orientation, related to the relevant readings for each session. Positioning Map 1 evaluates art practice in terms of authorship and the way an audience experiences the work. Positioning Map 2 locates specific art works in relation to audience participation and the extent to which the work relies of the ‘realm of human relations’, referred to here as extradisciplinary.
Positioning Map, 29 Jan

Positioning Map 1

Positioning Map, 20 Feb

Positioning Map 2

The chart below contains specific artworks presented by forum members in AlterForum 2, which we collectively located on the second Positioning Map.
Artist Name Title Year  Forum Member
Jess Dobkin The Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar 2006 Steve
Cyprien Gaillard The Recovery of Discovery 2011 Alex
Scott Snibbe Shadow Bag 2005 Ying
SUPERFLEX Gurana Power Factory 2003 Saejin Choi
Pratchaya Phintong Give More Than You Take 2010 Saejin Choi
Rirkrit Tiravanija Untitled / pad-thai 1990 Sarah
John Shankie Not a meal without conversation 2012 catherine
Lise Bjorne Linnert Desconocida unknown 2005 Vigdis
Vigdis Storsveen DeFence 2011-2013 Vigdis
The Hinterlands Manifest Destiny – training 2011-2012 Rachel
Gabriel Orozco Ping Pond Table  1998 Lauren
On to AlterForum 3
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