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About Space, Site Specific Art and Seeds

   This essay is will explore art that appropriates the space as a medium and a potential instrument of social and political change. First, a historical overview should help grasp history in the art-site relationship on the last six decades. While modernist approach to surrounding was closer to a denial of it, reinforcing an idea of purity so that the artwork could exist on its own, something changed in the 60’s that made artists produce work specifically to their site. How has Art appropriated (public) space since then and what made spacial politics become such a popular theme since the late 1970’s? I will explore how site-specific art has suffered changes of meaning, as from physical, phenomenological aspects of the context, through the concerns of institutional critique and into new-genre public art.[...]

Haacke, H. (2000) To the Population

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