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Searching for Art’s New Publics

Drawing on contributions from practicing artists, writers, curators, and academics, Searching for Art’s New Publics explores the ways in which artists seek to involve, create and engage with new and diverse audiences—from passers-by encountering and participating in the work unexpectedly, to professionals from other disciplines and members of particular communities who bring their own agendas to the work. Bridging the gap between practice and theory, this exciting book touches on issues of relational aesthetics, but also offers an illustrated artist-based approach. Searching for Art’s New Publics will appeal to students studying fine art (especially those with an interest in cross-disciplinary work and public art) and those studying curating.

224 pages | 50 color plates | 7 x 9 | © 2010

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Table of Contents



Tammy Bedford


Jeni Walwin

Keynote Essay: Don’t Look Now! Art after the Viewer and beyond Participation

Dave Beech

Part I: Participation: Open or Closed

Chapter 1:             The Anatomy of a Participatory Project

Sally O’Reilly


Chapter 2:             Interview with Artist Chris Evans

Will Bradley


Chapter 3:             Case Study One: Adam Dant’s Operation Owl Club

Helen Sumpter


Chapter 4:             Who Speaks? Who Listens? Het Resesrvaat and Critical Friends

Sophie Hope


Chapter 5:             Tell Me Your Story: An Interview with Artist Harrell Fletcher

Marisa Sánchez

Part II: Sonic Openness


Chapter 6:             Open Sounds: On the Track of the Dissolving Audience

David Briers


Chapter 7:             Eagles are the Best: Juneau Projects in Conversation

Ben Sadler and Phil Duckworth


Chapter 8:             Case Study Two: Melanie Pappenheim in Reading

Helen Sumpter


Part III: The Emancipation of the Spectator: The Viewer Completes the Circuit


Chapter 9:             Headless in Hirschhorn’s Classroom

Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield


Chapter 10:         LINKED

Graeme Miller


Chapter 11:         London Fireworks: Polaria and Little Earth

Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson


Part IV: The Art Object Reaches Out: Dissolves, Embraces


Chapter 12:         A Fair Event: Considering an Action by Nina Beier

Vincent Honoré


Chapter 13:         Case Study Three: Gillian Wearing – Family History

Helen Sumpter


Chapter 14:         An Audience with…

Adam Sutherland


Chapter 15:         Bata-ville:We Are Not Afraid of the Future

Nina Pope with contributions from Mike Ostler


Chapter 16:         Co-productive Exhibition-making

Paul O’Neill

Contributors’ Biographies



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