Participation (Documents of Contemporary Art)

I got an email from Amazon.com recently with computer-generated book recommendations. Coincidentally, the first recommended book was Participation (Documents of Contemporary Art) by Claire Bishop.

I read up about the book on Amazon's website (click image ^ to get link). From what I can tell, this book examines the evolution of collaborative art. It even discusses some of the theorists and artists we're already talked about in this class. These people include Allan Kaprow, Guy Debord, and Jacques Rancière.

I know we're already read about those people, but it seems like this book might be good to summarize their work and offer it within the context of the art world. Anyone who is really interested in collaborative art making and theory should check it out.

Product description (from Amazon.com):
The desire to move viewers out of the role of passive observers and into the role of producers is one of the hallmarks of twentieth-century art. This tendency can be found in practices and projects ranging from El Lissitzky's exhibition designs to Allan Kaprow's happenings, from minimalist objects to installation art. More recently, this kind of participatory art has gone so far as to encourage and produce new social relationships. Guy Debord's celebrated argument that capitalism fragments the social bond has become the premise for much relational art seeking to challenge and provide alternatives to the discontents of contemporary life. This publication collects texts that place this artistic development in historical and theoretical context.

Participation begins with writings that provide a theoretical framework for relational art, with essays by Umberto Eco, Bertolt Brecht, Roland Barthes, Peter Bürger, Jen-Luc Nancy, Edoaurd Glissant, and Félix Guattari, as well as the first translation into English of Jacques Rancière's influential "Problems and Transformations in Critical Art." The book also includes central writings by such artists as Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Joseph Beuys, Augusto Boal, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. And it features recent critical and curatorial debates, with discussions by Lars Bang Larsen, Nicolas Bourriaud, Hal Foster, and Hans-Ulrich Obrist.