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Disordered Attention : How We Look at Art and Performance Today

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The ways we encounter contemporary art and performance is changing.

Installations brim with archival documents. Dances stretch for weeks. Performances last a minute. Exhibitions are spread out over thirty venues. There are endless artworks about mid-century architecture and design.

How are we expected to engage with today's diverse practise?

Is the old model of close-looking still the ideal, or has it given way to browsing, skimming, and sampling?Across four essays, art historian and critic Claire Bishop identifies trends in contemporary practice - research-based installations, performance exhibitions, interventions, and invocations of modernist architecture - and their challenges to traditional modes of attention.

Charting a critical path through the last three decades, Bishop pinpoints how spectatorship and visual literacy are evolving under the pressures of digital technology.

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Verso Books
1804292885 / 9781804292884
United Kingdom
272 pages : illustrations (black and white)
21 cm