From the Wall, to the Press, to the Streets

Cassar, Ignaz and Kalyva, Eve. 2013. 'From the Wall, to the Press, to the Streets'. In: Affiliated society session (IAWIS-AIERTI) at the annual conference of the College Art Association. New York City, United States. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The divide between art and language has historically functioned as a metaphor of the division between high and low culture. Many artistic practices have challenged this binary, where the concept of gallery enclosure can be understood as a literal and figurative qualifier of art: a space that is distinct from, yet exists within, the wider social sphere.

Especially in twentieth and twenty-first century art, the use of language has facilitated a material and discursive transgression beyond the traditional art-object and its institutional isolation. Works that combine image and text have appeared on gallery walls, the popular press, and other public sites such as billboards and pavements. Such activities widen the engagement with art and open new channels of communication and participation. They also challenge, and often alter, the traditional hierarchies that underline the artworld, from the production of art to its display and consumption.

Acknowledging the manifold social practices of contemporary art, as well as the diversity of scholarship that IAWIS-AIERTI embraces, this session wishes to address the presence of image and text in the public sphere from both a historical and critical perspective. In what ways can the use of language in art practices transform the domain of the artworld? How have art institutions shifted their policies in response to such practices? With this session, we also hope to consider the sociality of art, as this becomes evident by artistic practices that transgress the gallery enclosure of art.

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New York City, United States

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17 Feb 2014 17:32

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17 Feb 2014 21:12


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