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Installation Art in the New Millennium: The Empire of the Senses Paperback – September, 2004

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The term installation art describes a diverse array of provocative artworks that bring viewers inside an artist's creation rather than allowing them to stand passively before a static image. Artists' installations feature intense sensory experiences that go beyond the visual and incorporate a vast range of materials and media from household objects to mist to chain saws to naked people to state-of-the-art computer imaging and sound technologies. As de Oliveira and his contributors explain in this exciting international survey, an ever-increasing number of contemporary artists are creating environments that resemble everything from a living room to a library, theater, or hospital in order to explore the nature of time and memory, the relationship between body and mind, ecological concerns, the distinction between private and public space, and the implications of the digital explosion. As documented in this worthy volume's 268 colorplates and definitive commentary, the resulting installations vary from stunning to silly, frightening to pleasurable, futuristic to funky, but all are mind expanding and all extend art's capacity for reflecting and influencing our lives. Donna Seaman
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500284512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500284513
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lau Sheow Tong on January 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
As noted by Hal Foster and Jean Baudrillard, now is the era where media used by artists have become 'non-specific' and confusing. This is the postmodern age where purity of medium is not an issue to the artist anymore. Taken over is a more adventurous and eclectic use of media involving as many sensory interactions as possible from the spectators. Thsi is what contemporary Installation is about as reflected from this book.

Concept and context of artwork are in precendence, opening more out-of-the-world possibilities in the making process of artists. It is a challenge to both artists and spectators in enabling more stimulating and shocking experiences from the work.

This book is divided into genre and theme according to aspects of 'escape', 'author and institution', 'exchange and interaction', 'time and narrative' and 'body of the audience'. All are essences of contemporary installation which is always an unexpected sensory experience with new insights.

Work of Meschac Gaba (Museum Shop, 2001), Mark Pvell (Supply and Demand, 2001) and David Bunn (I Feel Better Now, I Feel the Same Way, 1996) are life-like and realistically interesting.

Whereas, surrealistically creative and escapist are Live Forever (2001) by Lee Bul and Believe/Disbelieve by Mischa kuball.

It is definitely a book worth collecting for contemporary Installation and a great update on postmodren art-making.
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The recepient of this book has a background in installation art and found the book to be comprehensive and enlightening. He enjoyed seeing artists he was familiar with and seeing some new ones as well.
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Haven't read it yet, but it seems comprehensive and well informed. The photos are great and it covers the wide spectrum of installation art from its origin to its place and function in contemporary art. Covers a wide variety of artists also.
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I needed this book for a class I am taking. It arrived timely and in good condition.
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