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Building sites in the expanding field

Broadey, Andrew Jonathan (2013) Building sites in the expanding field. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Building Sites In The Expanding Field is a two-part research project that examines, through art practice and theory components, relations between institutional critique and white cube gallery conventions at the start of the twenty-first century. The project responds to commentaries by critics such as John Roberts, David Beech and Stewart Martin, in which notions of participation, sociability and conviviality – modes of interaction identified by the curator Nicolas Bourriaud with relational installation – are framed as the institutional framework of the work's articulation. My project, in contrast, examines the relevance of earlier modes of institutional critique to this post-relational moment; it is intended also to bring focus to my own practice of architectural intervention. The project's core problematic is the way in which the ubiquitous frame of display known as the white cube gallery continues to inform gallery design and thus shapes the parameters of artistic reception and critical art practice. My thesis is that the architectural frames of gallery spaces continue to support an ideological construction of artistic reception as a mode of encounter indebted to the legacy of minimalist art and set apart from the instrumentality of capitalist production and consumption outside the gallery's walls. I argue that critical intervention within gallery architecture can prompt people to critically question the relation between the roles or identities they adopt in these spaces and the function that the spaces themselves perform. To this end, I examine historical debates that have linked institutional critique and architectural intervention with notions of allegory, focusing particularly upon the contributions of Michael Asher, Brian O'Doherty, Rosalind E. Krauss, Benjaimin H. D. Buchloh and Craig Owens, and presenting recent post-relational debates in relation to the legacy of the white cube gallery. The key contribution of both the practice and theory components of my project is my critical analysis of the legacy of the white cube gallery beyond the moment of relational installation, as a context open to re-appropriation through allegorical readings that draw forth the processes of its socio-historical construction. Whilst legacies of critical postmodernism figure in post-relational debates staged recently in journals and magazines such as Third Text and Art Monthly, my project draws explicit links between contemporary modes of artistic display and critique, and this moment.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
ISBN: 978-0-85731-710-0
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds) > Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies (Leeds)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.605363
Depositing User: Repository Administrator
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2014 09:46
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2014 10:49
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6332

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