The Art of Participation
You are the work
The conceptual art movement inspired a new direction in the way in which we think about art. While some may argue that all art is conceptual because all art begins with an idea, what this movement introduced was the beauty of ideas. Beauty no longer resided in aesthetics necessarily, concepts became beautiful and the notion of beauty was far less tangible or quantifiable. But what happened in the 60s was something quite special, the idea of participation, of interactive works came to the movement and artists started making the public part and parcel of their work. The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, presents works that either ask for our actual participation or were created based on the participation of others. We see John Cage’s 4:33, a musical piece in which no notes are played, all we hear is the sound of the audience. We see a video piece documenting an art opening where people could only enter if they grazed past two naked bodies. Curator Rudolf Frieling walks us through the exhibition.