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published in 2002
15 x 21 cm (softcover)
Art as a set of practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context: the manifesto that has renewed the approach of contemporary art since the 1990s.
Where does our current obsession for interactivity stem from? After the consumer society and the communication era, does art still contribute to the emergence of a rational society?
Nicolas Bourriaud attempts to renew our approach towards contemporary art by getting as close as possible to the artists' works, and by revealing the principles that structure their thoughts: an aesthetic of the inter-human, of the encounter; of proximity, of resisting social formatting.
The aim of his essay is to produce the tools to enable us to understand the evolution of today's art. We meet Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Louis Althusser, Rirkrit Tiravanija
or Félix Guattari, along with most of today's practising creative personalities.
French art critic, theoretician and curator, Nicolas Bourriaud (born 1965) was
co-director of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris
(2000-2006), and Gulbenkian Curator for Contemporary
Art at Tate Britain. He is the director of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris since 2011.