'Viewers of contemporary art are often invited to involve themselves actively in artworks, by entering installations, touching objects, performing instructions or clicking on interactive websites. Why have artists sought to engage spectators in these new forms of participation? In what ways does active participation affect the viewer’s experience and the status of the artwork? Spanning a range of practices including kinetic art, happenings, environments, performance, installations, relational and new media art from the 1950s to the present, this critical anthology sheds light on the history and specificity of artworks that only come to life when you – the viewer - are invited to "do it yourself". The volume consists of fifteen essays by art historians, critics and curators.' - excerpted from back cover.

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Rethinking Art's Histories

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Chapter headings
An Introduction to the 'Do-It-Yourself' Artwork - Anna DEZEUZE
Part I: Situating Participation
Three Brett - Guy BRETT
'Open Work', 'Do-It-Yourself' Artwork and Bricolage - Anna DEZEUZE
'Creative Acts of Consumption' or, Death in Venice - Judith RODENBECK
Instability: The Visual/Bodily Perception of Space in Kinetic Environments - Arnauld PIERRE
Part II: Performing Participation
The Rules of Engagement: Displaced Figuration in Robert Morris's Mise-en-Scene - Catherine WOOD
Marina Abramovic: Approaching Zero - Frazer WARD
Space, Body and the Self in the Work of Bruce Nauman - Amelia JONES
The Face and the Public: Race, Secrecy and Digital Art Practice - Jennifer A. GONZALEZ
Part III: Theorising Participation
Play, Ritual and Politics: Transitional Artworks in the 1960s - Anna DEZEUZE
Exchange Rate: On Obligation and Reciprocity in Some Art of the 1960s and After - Miwon KWON
Working on the Community: Models of Participatory Practice - Christian KRAVAGNA
Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics - Claire BISHOP
What Kind of Participative System? Critical Vocabularies from New Media Art - Beryl GRAHAM
The 'Do-It-Yourself' Artwork: Participation from Fluxus to New Media
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The 'Do-It-Yourself' Artwork: Participation from Fluxus to New Media