After Bachelard and de Certeau this seemed like familiar territory especially as I had used this work (quoted by others) in my MA1 essay. It also illustrates ideas using artworks and this makes it all the more ‘comfortable’ to read. Most of the ideas are now very familiar and the reflections on 1990s artwork are relevant today but not new. What I responded to is his ability to see the continuity in all aspects of art, ideas and how ‘even if one game is over we continue playing’.
The most interesting ideas I came across were :
The rational and irrational form: for example taking the idea of the rational from the enlightenment and the irrational from Dada.
The ideas behind modernity are not dead only the way in which it was idealistic and teleological. The modernist Utopia is replaces by modeling utopian ways of doing things – (what de Certeau might have called tactics). He also talks about Social Utopias giving way to micro utopias.This appeals to me as I am essentially optimistic although very critical of society and therefore whilst appreciating the ironic end of history, end of art dystopian work doesn’t resonate so well with me.
The chapter on forms and the others’ gaze: especially the idea of each artwork being a bundle of relations with the world. Although Bourriard talks mainly about gallery work the ideas in this chapter of ‘the face looking at me’ can be applied really well to public spaces and guerilla tactics.
The relationship with technology and the digitally calculated image as opposed to the traced image of physical impact. This is obviously slightly dated in terms of technology but this relationship of the very few experiencing an event in physical time and space and the possibility of the whole world seeing the documentation is even further exaggerated today and we have to work with this. In particularly I liked the idea of the trace as a concept that I would like to apply and the idea that it was often within traditional media that technology was debated most clearly rather than being used. We have moved on but I think we can still have that debate.