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Installation Art

A group for artists, curators of and anyone who is interested in installation or site-specific art.

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Ann Hamilton - 'Bounden' 1998 Musee d'art Lyon (right), Venice Biennale installation 1999 (left)

Dwellings, 1972, Charles Simonds

The Dark Pool, 1995, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller


"But is it Installation Art?" by Claire Bishop. This is an article from Tate Etc magazine. What does the term “installation art" mean? Does it apply to big dark rooms that you stumble into to watch videos? Or empty rooms in which the lights go on and off?

Deconstructing Installation Art is an online book by Graham Coulter-Smith (published 2006). The text provides a critical analysis that compares and contrasts 'deconstructive' strategies in contemporary fine art installation with similar directions in new media art.

About the Venice Biennale, click here, and for links to national participants' websites click here.

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Celeste Prize 2013

Join Celeste Prize by 31 July 2013. It's your opportunity to have your work picked by our team of international curators and be part of a talent scouting environment. Artists from around the world…Continue

Tags: photography, installation, sculpture, painting

Started by Celeste Network Apr 22, 2013.

International Competition of Contemporary Artists - Win $1000

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Started by ValeryRybakow Feb 22, 2013.

Ten Gagosian Gallery Artists who have defined our times 1 Reply

http://www.contemporaryartglobally.blogspot.comSome of them are have made their mark with installation art.  Check out…Continue

Started by Contemporary Art Globally. Last reply by Contemporary Art Globally Nov 16, 2012.

Rainbow coloured cage to light up the sky over King’s Cross Wednesday 16th November 2011 – 2013.

IFO Visitors to King’s Cross will be able to scan the night sky for an intriguing illumination from mid-November, thanks to an artwork that will be…Continue

Tags: Rainbow coloured cage, Kings Cross, Stéphanie Delcroix, Michael Pinsky, Jacques Rival

Started by Petra Nov 17, 2011.

I've Got Kompost Fever by Natalie Hegert 1 Reply

I've got Kompost Feverby Natalie HegertKompostSubstitutTorstrasse 159, 10115 Berlin, GermanyFebruary 27, 2009 - April 9, 2009There is something so incredibly satisfying about composting. Accumulating…Continue

Tags: Isabelle_Krieg, mixed-media_sculpture, installation, conceptual, photography

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Comment by Ayooyoo on March 16, 2011 at 15:54
"Fire Escape" by Sara Sze - ammmmazing installation artist
Comment by N.S.VALLUVAN on September 7, 2010 at 7:38
Comment by S Piparo on November 18, 2009 at 9:45
Hello all! Hello! I am new to the group, everything looks fantastic.

I also have a collective site, http://www.concepts4peace.com
It is for art and social change.
Would any of you like to add your work to it?
please contact me at concepts4peace@yahoo.com
Comment by Ivanov-Ubahob on January 10, 2009 at 17:39

The Circle is a place-specific, cross-media work created during 24 hours non-stop performance.

Each Circle is performed in different location – to establish the language of negotiation with the place outside the Circle and to see the way in which the memories and process are affected by exhaustion and enclosed space.
The Circle 1 – Berlin was created and Berlin in May 2008
The Circle 2 – Papa Westray was created on the island Papa Westray, Orkney in June 2008
i am looking for new locations. i'd like to do one in a forest. or industrial settings. any inspiring, better ugly rather than pretty place
Comment by Ivanov-Ubahob on January 10, 2009 at 14:58
Comment by Guillermina Zabala on December 16, 2008 at 21:31
Hi everybody,

I'm one of the finalists for the Emerging Artists Competition,
sponsored by Ico Gallery, NY.
I need all the votes I can get! The three winners get to have a show in NY! I'm second right now and I need 36 votes to get to first place!

So, please go to this link and VOTE for me:


(you need to go to week three's finalist at the bottom of the page)

Feel free to forward this email to your friends!

Thank you ;)

Guillermina Zabala
Comment by Suzie Pam-Grant on November 17, 2008 at 17:50
Hi all - Guard on Shift - happened two weeks ago over 3 nights here in Johannesburg - It had an extremely strong response so I thought I would share some reviews and images....
My View: Guard on Shift

“Guard on Shift”, rips our complacency with crafted sound and a potent installation which moves us to a place deeper than obvious emotions.

“Guard on Shift” directed by Sue Pam-Grant with musical composition and direction by Xoli Norman. Designed by Danie Daschner and Christoff Wolmarans (set), Sue Pam-Grant and Jurgen Meekel (video), Sue Pam-Grant (costumes), Declan Randall (lighting). Performers: Lesedi Job, Thabo Mashishi, Yolandi Nortjie, Simphiwe Sekhute, Nqobile Sibeko and Sister Zungu. Dance Factory, Newtown. Until November 1. 011 833 1347.

You first notice the washing. Hand-made undergarments of unbleached calico, they hang, crumpled, vulnerable in stark light. Their videoed image is flung against the brickwork at the back of the stage, rising and falling with wind, like ghosts. But you notice this subliminally as you are jousted and shifted along by your fellow audience members through the installation.

The path is narrow, circumscribed by wire fencing. The plot is cast by a rudimentary maze, with bricks and wire. It is stultifying. My hand touched the wire at some point by mistake; I felt my whole body instinctively twinge; they aren't electrified. The power of the gesture of bringing the audience into the work compulsorily, conceptually and emotively yet never gratuitously, is incomparable. You find a seat in the auditorium, your heart rushing, plummeting, numbed.

The four women performers are stationed at points inaccessible by the maze. They are gated in. The culmination of the maze is the guard hut: a humble wooden structure, occupied by words, a crutch and tissue-filled shoes. The words are the inner dialogue of he who has this type of hut as his only resting spot, while at work, through the night. Like a vertical coffin, it’s just big enough to house a man seated or standing upright, this structure is iconic in our crime-thick society.

“Guard on Shift” is a tour de force. As it visually quotes suburban criticism of the typecast guard, but navigates his humanity, it is never prescriptive. In an unstated backdrop to the focus, we understand the protective role the guard on shift ostensibly offers people whose lives are deemed more valuable. But there’s another subtext, which left me driving back to suburbia looking at truck drivers on the highway, maids in doek and apron walking the dark streets, the guards on shift: those whose thankless, sometimes dangerous, jobs squeeze them into the bottom rung of our society in service of the middle class: the unthanked, the paltrily paid, the oft invisible.

The music is glorious in its discordant articulation. Think of the plaintive lyrics and musical phrasing in “Madam please”, Sophie Mgcina’s song. Think of the layering of social text and voice in Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes”. Interspersed with Thabo Mashishi on the trumpet playing from the back of the auditorium, the sound achieves stunning cohesion, words drop from the four women’s mouths like pebbles.

“Guard on Shift” could fit into protest song repertoire, but for its lack of literality and the conceptual meat of its installation, as well as the interface between performers, audience and quoted words, criticising the nameless, faceless, personality-less archetypal guard, punched into the back wall of the stage. But the work is about more than poetically crafted lyrics and quoted emails. Its greatest strength is in its numbing repetition.

At the outset, the voices, the lined washing, the experience of the maze is electrifying. You don’t know where to look first. As the shift extends, the repertoire is repeated. The work lasts but 45 minutes; it telescopes the repetitiveness of guard work, graphically offering us a gloss on the time to contemplate many vulnerabilities, above all, one’s own.

“Guard on Shift” completely lacks self-indulgence - or even articulated (patronising) pity for these peripheral people. It’s a bare brutal portrayal of intransigent values that pepper and coddle us into a complacency of security. A lucid, wise piece that glosses the incompetence in the running of our country by pointing fingers within, not without.

Picture: Yes
Submitted by Robyn Sassen

Soundtrack for survival in destruction
November 4, 2008

By Adrienne Sichel

Guard on Shift

Theatre Installation: Sue Pam-Grant and Xoli Norman

Producer/Curator: Indra Wussow

Set: Daschner Designs

Lighting: Declan Randall

Performers: Thabo Mashishi (trumpet), Sister Zungu, Nqobile Sibeko, Yolandi Nortije, Lesedi Job, Simphiwe Sekhute

If a painting or a sculpture could sing its innermost thoughts and concerns it would sound like this - honest, haunting, disturbing and memorable.

The fact that this theatre installation produced by kunst:raum sylt quelle and jozi art lab, in association with The Market Theatre, has been curated (as any art exhibition would be), enriches the riveting cross-discipline interaction of this starkly poetic tour de force.

In her programme note the curator refers to the psycholo-gical contradictions prevalent in South African society and its suburbia as the "true 'heart of darkness' " and Guard on Shift's exploration of psychological landscapes and social paralysis.

If anyone could tackle this daunting brief in a subtly tactile yet devastatingly effective way it is Sue Pam-Grant. Her recent art making based on dressmaking patterns, dovetailing with her writing skills and theatrical experience, provides the visual anchor for Guard on Shift and a springboard for her rigorous collaboration with composer Xoli Norman and the six performers.

The spectator enters The Dance Factory side door (flanked by a real wire razor wire topped security fence) to be sucked into a maze of electric fencing containing four female figures placed on large crates (destined for Sydney? London?) . They are marked "Fragile" hand written on white tailoring tape. At the centre is a wooden guard's hut (festooned outside and inside with quotes like: "The guard sat on my cactus, the cactus died" and "I was hijacked"). His empty smart shoes are stuffed with paper. An old battered crutch simultaneously symbolises his absence, presence and our reliance on him to keep us safe.

His only true weapon as he (personified by Simphiwe Sekhute) walks around this fortress of fear (armed with a torch, a radio and a baton) is fortitude. At one point he becomes one of us seated in the auditorium providing an ironic subtext to the projected e-mails, from disgruntled homeowners, and the sung text.

A constant refrain in the song and image cycle (intercut with a giant video of white washing blowing in the wind, an animated version of the static shroud-like female garments which border the stage) are the Zulu words "We are like this".

Trumpeter Thabo Mashishi, on the lighting deck, plays a requiem, a strangulated last post, for an unravelling society. Xoli Norman's survival jazz seeps through the succinctly metaphoric design ruptures and vocal eruptions.

The lit white garments (which leave violent burn marks on the floor), and the static bodies, are trapped in an unsettling hyper-lit translucence. We are all in a jail of our own making.

Our saviour, the street security guard climbs a shaky steel tower, the lighthouse the singers plead for to dispel the darkness in our hearts. But the real heroes and beacons of intellectual and emotional light are the visionary artists.
Comment by Aviva Beigel on October 4, 2008 at 21:57

Hello from ISRAEL, I add an installation from my exhibition: X-RAY
Comment by Sophia Isajiw on August 23, 2008 at 15:54
Yes, that interactivity is great. I used to leave little bookworks done in matchboxes, or those plastic soap boxes you used to get in hotels, small one offs with collaged and drawn pages, all over the city - posts, poles, public washrooms. Just wee books full of big thoughts as a gift to the observant viewer. I like your 'wood cuts' those would be a find on a street corner but I'd tend to leave it there for others to see too. The leaf piece is sweet - I used to silkscreen words onto leaves and scatter them. Gotta tweak the awareness of the daily environment! Cheers.
Comment by nathan cordero on August 23, 2008 at 7:30
I have been installing art on the streets for a few years and I love it. especially when art is removed. i always hope that it is in a good place. view art installation in my profile.

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