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OPEN FORM: SPACE, INTERACTION AND THE TRADITION OF OSKAR HANSEN. Ed. by Axel Wieder and Florian Zeyfang. Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2014. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 248 pp. with 189 ills. (56 col.). 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9783943365986 Bilingual in English and German.
A related exhibition titled "1, 2, 3... Avante-Gardes (Open Form #2)" was presented at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart in 2007, but this publication does not specifically document the show. For the exhibition catalogue, see Worldwide 68704. Publisher's description: Oskar Hansen's (1922-2005) 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 on the work of an extraordinary designer, thinker and teacher.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Poland — Post-1945 — Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168524
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