Relational art = an art taking as its theoretical horizon the realm of human interactions and its social context, rather than the assertion of an independent and private symbolic space
B “What is collapsing before our very eyes is nothing other than this falsely aristocratic conception of the arrangement of works of art, associated with the feeling of territorial acquisition.” (15)
artwork as social interstice
"This is the precise nature of the contemporary art exhibition in the arena of representational commerce: it creates free areas, and time spans whose rhythm contrasts with those structuring everyday life, and it encourages an inter-human commerce that differens from the ‘communication zones’ that are imposed upon us. The present-day social context restricts the possibilities of inter-human relations allthe more because it creates spaces planned to this end" (16)
"social infra-thinnes" (l’inframince social) - "that minute space of daily gestures determined by the superstructure made up of ‘big’ echanges, and defined by it" (17)
"Relational aesthetics does not represent a theory of art, this would imply the statement of an origin and a destination, but a theory of form" (19)
does art create the world and instigate it?
is art a delay in which the world is seen?
do both occur simultaneously in a push and pull?
art’s state of being as experienced entity
— origin considerations // historicity (static functionality)
— aura // authority // authenticity (functions of power)
— locomotive qualities // conceptual transmutations (generative functionality)
— assemblage of notions (collective functionality)