Lecture 5 The Way Things Go

Sarah Sze’s Triple Point (Planetarium) at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2014

This lecture focuses on how we can create interactive experiences using physical objects. We are physical beings inhabiting a physical world, our interactions are physical. So we ask: can everyday objects be considered as a medium? How do the material qualities of these objects offer sites of interaction?

We explore the role of objects in art by looking at a range of art practices and artworks including the use of ‘ready-mades’ by Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koon’s incorporation of mass-produced products into his later works, the monumentalisation of everyday objects in the works of Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst. We also focus on how everyday items provide the basis for Sarah Sze’s installation, and the machines of Ian Burns. 

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