Public-engaged art in Southeast Asian contemporary

Lacaste, Eunice (2017) Public-engaged art in Southeast Asian contemporary. Masters thesis, Lasalle college of the arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Public-engaged art in Southeast Asian contemporary

Recent developments in what Nicolas Bourriaud termed as Relational Aesthetics have been more visible in contemporary Southeast Asian practices that engage the publics; this can be seen particularly so in the works of Mark Salvatus, Azizan Paiman, and Amanda Heng. This paper examines the practices of the aforementioned artists as case studies for the participative method. Here, the aesthetic and ethical values of public-engaged art in terms of both the production and reception of the artwork are analysed.
In public-engaged art, the publics are used as materials that mainly constitute the main aspect of the artwork. Conventionally, art is made of traditional materials such as paint, marble, or bronze. However, when the audience is engaged in the production of the work, their roles and functions shift from being a passive viewer to an active participant. The production and reception of the artwork are approached within a more communal situation. From these situations, human encounters manifest adjacent to the art object. This paper looks at the art object as non-human agencies within the artwork and is different from the artwork itself, which is the totality of both human and non-human engagements.
This typically opens up ethical questions such as the work’s authorship or compensation of the participant’s labour, etc. There is also a tendency for the ethical to replace the aesthetic critique of the work. However, this paper argues that both are necessary for a thorough understanding of public-engaged artwork. Aesthetics and the ethical can work side-by-side to produce critical questions for probing public-engagement in art.

Subjects: Art History
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 09:57
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2018 09:57
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