Art Intervention into the Community: A Socially Engaged Aesthetics and Art Practice
Since the 1960s, with the influence of Conceptual Art and the Theory of Social Sculpture as explored by German artist Joseph Beuys, more and more artists have undertaken to express their socio-cultural concerns. They have challenged conventional views about art and have thus subverted its supposedly non-purposive aesthetic nature that was thought to have no connection with the social world. The idea of bringing art back into its social context has also changed the relationship between artists and viewers, and has made art to intervene into the community.
This article first gives an account of how the idea of socially engaged practices has developed in the context of contemporary art; its background, the concepts behind, and how such practices constitute a body of interventions into community life and its public. The second part of the article observes and reflects on the current practices of artistic interventions into the community. The process and effects of these practices are akin to those of a dialogue that brings together people, space, and environment in a way that it reflects the specific socio-cultural context of the community. Importantly, such interventions foster the creative development of the cultural industry as well as interdisciplinary collaborations that expand the field of art practices. Artistic intervention into the community is not only for artists to use the socio-cultural context as a medium for their art; its transformative power also seeks to connect to and involve a wider audience to be equally creative. This is where the production of art becomes the expression of community life.
|關鍵詞||觀念藝術、社會雕塑理論、關係美學、藝術介入、社群、Conceptual Art、Theory of Social Sculpture、art intervention、Relational Aesthetics、community|