Expanded Fields: Revisiting the Notion of a Framework for Installation Art in the 21st Century

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    Talbot, Jacques P
  • This thesis examines the emergence and proliferation of installation art in the 20th Century and the ways in which its complexities have been contended through the establishment of three frameworks that establish categories belonging to the genre. Frameworks by Nicolas de Oliveira, Mark Rosenthal, and Claire Bishop are compared and contrasted in order to ascertain those hardy attributes belonging to installation art that have prevailed as the genre continues to diversify into the 21st Century. The contributions of de Oliveira, Rosenthal, and Bishop are consolidated in my revised framework in the Experiential Site and Interactive Site categories. The third category of my framework, the Representational Site, argues for the import of acknowledging the role of photography as it continues to mediate the proliferation and understanding of installation art, unaccounted for in frameworks to date. Examining the merits and limitations of the photograph as a mediating platform for installation art, I will argue for the purposefulness of photographic representation of installation as an alternative to their material reprise, specifically in circumstances where refabricating the no longer extant installation would be to jeopardize the site-specific integrity of the work as this relates to a conception of site-specificity informed by the emergence of the genre.

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    Master of Arts
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