Spatial Aesthetics: Art, Place and the Everyday

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Rivers Oram, 2006 - Art - 227 pages
What is the place of art today? What is art? What is the meaning of Tracey Emins unmade bed or Damien Hirsts pickled sharks? Do they mean anything at all? In this book Nikos Papastergiadis examines how contemporary art is produced and the way in which our relationship with art and artists has changed. Spatial Aesthetics challenges those contemporary artists and critics who reject theory and wish to deny the influence of the past on modern artistic practice: it provides us with a background to modern art, and explains the role of art in contributing to our understanding of a globalised world of migration where new cultural identities are constantly evolving. Seeing the practice of writing on art as a form of imaginary collaboration between artist and viewer, and between artist and critic, the author has himself engaged with artists in writing this book. Spatial Aesthetics guides us through the often controversial terrain of modern art.

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About the author (2006)

Leon van Schaik is Innovation Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and author of the book Mastering Architecture, Becoming a Creative Innovator in Practice. Additional essays are by well-known authors such as Deyan Sudjic, Nikos Papastergiadis, Jianfei Zhu, and Suzie Attiwill.

Leon van Schaik studied at the Architectural Association (AA) in London and is now a professor of architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), where he holds the Innovation Chair.

Deyan Sudjic has been, among other things, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Architecture, and Design at Kingston University, London and a guest professor of the theory of design at the Hochschule fA1/4r Angewandte Kunst (University of Applied Arts) in Vienna and the Royal College of Art. In 2002 he directed the Architecture Biennale in Venice. Since August 2006 he has been the director of Design Museum London.

Jianfei Zhu studied at Tianjin University and the Bartlett School of Architecture of University College London. He teaches in the Faculty of Architecture, Building, and Planning at the University of Melbourne.

Suzie Attiwill is Program Director for Interior Design at the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT.

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