Space, Interaction, and the Tradition of Oskar Hansen
Axel Wieder & Florian Zeyfang (Eds.)
Oskar Hansen’s concept of “open form”—a theory embracing art-as-process engaging viewer, recipient and user—became a key principle in performance and film leading to the development of process-oriented and interdisciplinary artistic techniques in the following decades. Open Form examines the extraordinary impact of Hansen’s ideas within contemporary visual culture and the redefined role of the viewer since the 1960s. In-depth interviews with some of the most important experimental artists in Poland from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, where Hansen taught architecture nearly his entire life, examine his impact on the arts. Developed in the context of international debates around late-modern architecture in the 1950s, “open form” assumed artistic expression incomplete until appropriated by the beholder. Contributions examining the theory’s influence on the younger generation and ample visual material by Hansen and other artists complete this fascinating and extensive volume.
Softcover / 6 x 8 3/4 inches / 248 pp / 139 b&w and 56 color
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