n Image & Text : a Journal for Design - Interactive contemporary art. Participation in practice : book review

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1020-1491


This book, edited by British art historian Kathryn Brown and published by Tauris, is a collection of essays discussing the very topical concept of participation in contemporary art. With the theories of Nicholas Bourriaud (2002) becoming relevant and indeed prevalent in the late 1990s and subsequently in current art making practices, it is a fitting time for a book such as this to review and problematise different aspects of the concept and its various embodiments in art during the last two decades. The contributors to this volume include theorists, artists and curators, and the book presents their differing interpretations of participation as a strategy employed in and in response to contemporary art and its institutional forms. The notion of which artworks could be understood as participatory or interactive also varies from discussion of artworks that are completely reliant on audience participation, to those that only represent an artistic process put on display.

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