Task - Research Essay
Explain how artists engage and sustain an audience's interest in the contemporary world? Artists use a wide variety of methods to engage and sustain an audience's interest in the contemporary world. In the case of installation art, this can include audience participation and changes due to the location of the exhibition, light, and audience interaction. I am going to use two works by both Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude to explain some of the methods used. In art, the term Contemporary is defined as the kind of art that is produced at this point in time, or art that has been developed since World War II. Installation Art is defined as an artistic genre of three dimensional works that are often site specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. It can be indoors or outdoors. 'Pulse Room' (2006) and ''Microphones´ (2008) are two artworks by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, Australia in 2011 in his ‘Recorders’ Exhibition. These are indoors artworks, that are only somewhat site specific, and also specific to the viewers present. Christo and Jeanne Claude are arguably two of the most well known artists exhibiting installations. They have received considerable publicity, and have engaged audiences around the world. I will examine some of the methods used by these artists. I will look at the two artists as one in this discussion as they work as one in their art. The works I have chosen are outdoors and definitely site specific. Mexican-Canadian, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (1967) is well-known for his humorous, interactive artworks that are somewhere between architecture and performance. Lozano-Hemmer has an interesting background, he attended Concordia University in Montréal, Canada and received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Chemistry. Lozano-Hemmer is interested in creating environments which are connective and open for public participation so the artwork becomes...
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