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Social practice (Art)


  • Here are entered works on art in social or public spaces that does not provide guidance on whether viewer participation is involved. Works on art that requires or invites viewer participation, or that provides the elements from which the viewer creates a work of art, are entered under [Interactive art.]
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    • Interventionist art
    • Social cooperation (Art)
    • Socially engaged art
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    • found: Work cat: Living as form : socially engaged art from 1991-2011, 2012:foreword, page 7-8 (growing movement of artists engaged in timely issues by expanding practice beyond the studio; this work has many names including relational aesthetics, social justice art, social practice, community art; graduate art programs offering degrees in social practice art; Creative Time [publisher of the book] does various projects that discuss the role of art and activism; Living as form is an exhibition and book that looks at social practice art)
    • found: Finkelpearl, T. What we made : conversations on art and social cooperation, 2013:page 4 (after describing two projects, the author states that they fall under the rubric of participatory, interactive, collaborative, or relational art, but that recent texts tend to distinguish between projects that are designed by artists and those that are created through dialogue and collaboration with participants) page 5-6 (critic Claire Bishop settles on social collaboration but Finkelpearl prefers social cooperation)
    • found: University of Chicago Press website, Feb. 11, 2016(Chicago social practice history series; lists five titles from Nov. 2014 to Nov. 2015)
    • found: Wikipedia, Nov. 23, 2015(Social practice (art); art medium that focuses on social engagement, inviting collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutions in the creation of participatory art; referred to by a range of different names: socially engaged art, community art, new-genre public art, participatory art, interventionist art, collaborative art, relational art and dialogical aesthetics; "art and social practice" was institutionalized in 2005 with the creation of the Social Practice MFA at California College of the Arts)
    • found: Museo Arte Contemporáneo Ecatepec. Museo Arte Contemporáneo Ecatepec, 2020(work deals with the interactive art projects of a "museum without walls") (DLC)2021360059
    • notfound: AAT, Nov. 23, 2015
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on art in social or public spaces that does not provide guidance on whether viewer participation is involved. Works on art that requires or invites viewer participation, or that provides the elements from which the viewer creates a work of art, are entered under [Interactive art.]
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    • Note under [Interactive art]
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    • 2015-11-23: new
    • 2021-12-20: revised
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