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Faculty Book: Claire Bishop

Claire Bishop

Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship
(Verso, 2012)

Artificial Hells is the first historical and theoretical overview of socially engaged participatory art, known in the United States as “social practice.” Bishop follows the trajectory of twentieth-century art and examines key moments in the development of a participatory aesthetic. As one of the few to challenge the political and aesthetic ambitions of participatory art, she not only scrutinizes the emancipatory claims made for such projects, but also provides an alternative to the ethical (rather than artistic) criteria invited by such artworks. Artificial Hells calls for a less prescriptive approach to art and politics, and for more compelling, troubling, and bolder forms of participatory art and criticism. Claire Bishop (Assoc. Prof., GC) is on the doctoral faculty in art history.

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Submitted on: AUG 7, 2012

Category: Art History, Faculty Books