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Ilya Kabakov, The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment, 1981-88. Photo: D. James Dee. Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York /

Installation Art Now: Theatre, Site, Object

21 Nov 2013

In the wake of the Lutz Bacher exhibition and located within the Zhang Enli installation, this talk considers what the term ‘installation’ means in a contemporary art context. Although a relatively young concept, has the phrase already become such a loaded term that it is simply redundant?

Chaired by Angels Miralda Tena, speakers include Juliane Rebentisch, author of Aesthetics of Installation Art (2012), artists Corin Sworn and Richard Hughes, and Caroline Douglas, Director of the Contemporary Art Society.

Angels Miralda Tena is currently a PhD candidate in Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art, London. Her dissertation focuses on the meanings of installation and its changing definition within contemporary art – interests include presence, presentation, object, body, participation, form, and frame. She is a freelance writer and curator and is currently working on opening a new gallery/project-space in 2014.

Juliane Rebentisch is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the University of Arts and Design in Offenbach/Main and associated member of the Frankfurt Institute of Social Research. Her main research areas are aesthetics, ethics, and political philosophy.

Corin Sworn creates installations that explore ways objects circulate through stories and histories. Often combining images with spoken narrative, her work examines cultural and personal significance attributed to objects and how they in turn narrate us as social subjects. This year Sworn is one of three artists representing Scotland at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Caroline Douglas is the Director of the Contemporary Art Society. Douglas was previously at the Arts Council where she was Head of the Arts Council Collection since 2006. With over 20 years of experience in contemporary art, Caroline has made a significant impact in documenting the development of contemporary art collection, securing key acquisitions by important artists including Jeremy Deller, Gary Hume, Wolfgang Tillmans and Grayson Perry, as well as providing advocacy and support for more emerging talent.

Richard Hughes' sculpture and installations draw on the cast-off and dilapidated objects of the urban wasteland. He has had solo exhibitions at firstsite, Colchester (2013); Tramway, Glasgow (2012); Sculpture Court, Tate Britain (2006); and The Showroom, London (2004). Hughes was selected for the fourth Liverpool Biennial in 2006 and the British Art Show 6 in 2005.


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