After a brief discussion with my personal tutor Pete, I was swiftly directed towards reading "Relational Aesthetics" by Nicolas Bourriaud. This term had be flagged up alongside "Situational Aesthetics" And it was important for me to understand, comprehend and differentiate the two in order to place where my practice lies. Pete had raised some important questions [although at the time, first thing on a Monday, it did feel like a slight blow to the head]. I have been struggling with a question and sentence that really sums up what my project intentions are and what the project is. I feel I have been forever making work in turn and out of reading and uncovering new information, but that all important why was raised to the surface. Although my practice and project is not a "problem-solution' type project, I do have to consider what I am attempting to question or communicate.
A set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private spaceHe saw artists as facilitators rather than makers and regarded art as information exchanged between the artist and the viewers. The artist, in this sense, gives audiences access to power and the means to change the world.
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Relational aesthetics: Nicolas Bourriaud
Deals with forms of human relation [social relationship between people and go between]