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Claire Bishop: Artificial Hells. Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship

Artificial Hells is the first historical and theoretical overview of socially engaged participatory arts. The book follows the trajectory of twentieth-century art and examines key moments in the development of a participatory aesthetic both in Europe and the USA. This itinerary takes in Futurism and Dada, Situationist International, Happenings in Eastern Europe and Argentinian conceptualism and concludes with contemporary artists such as Thomas Hirschhorn, Tania Bruguera and Jeremy Deller. Since the publication of her controversial essay in Artforum in 2006, Claire Bishop has been one of the few to challenge the political and aesthetic ambitions of participatory art. In Artificial Hells, she not only scrutinises the claims for democracy and emancipation made by artists and critics but also the shift to the ethical (rather than artistic) criteria invited by such participatory and collaborative art.

 Book series TRANSformacije, book no. 35
Issued by: Maska Ljubljana
Price: 22 € 

Slovene edition