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Relational Aesthetics

foreword by Nicolas Bourriaud

translated by Denyse Beaulieu

MIT Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Art & Politics, Criticism & Theory, Contemporary (1945-)
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A new translation, with a new foreword, of Nicolas Bourriaud's landmark 1998 work of art theory.

First published in 1998, Nicolas Bourriaud’s Relational Aesthetics laid out a thesis for art’s turn toward participation, experience, and the whole of human relations. Now, over twenty years after its original release, this landmark work has been updated with a new translation by Denyse Beaulieu and a new foreword by the author.
Where does our current obsession for interactivity stem from? After the consumer society and the communication era, does art still contribute to the emergence of a rational society? Nicolas Bourriaud attempts to renew our approach to contemporary art by getting as close as possible to the artists’ works, and by revealing the principles that structure their thoughts: an aesthetic of the interhuman, of the encounter, of proximity, of resisting social formatting.
The aim of Relational Aesthetics is to produce the tools to enable us to understand the evolution of today’s art. We meet Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Louis Althusser, Rirkrit Tiravanija or Félix Guattari, along with most of today’s practicing creative personalities.

About the authors

Nicolas Bourriaud was the co-director of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and an art advisor for the Victor Pinchuk foundation in Kiev. His previous books include L'ère tertiaire, Esthétique relationnelle, and Formes de vie.

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