Documents of contemporary art: Situation
Doherty, C. (2009) Documents of contemporary art: Situation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-85488-173-4
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This anthology forms part of the aclaimed Documents of Contemporary Art series and traces the evolution of the term 'situation'. Defined as a unique set of conditions produced in both space and time and ranging across material, social, political and economic relations, 'situation' is considered from the 1960s emergence of site-specfic art to its divergent implications in the global era. Among the topics surveyed are the limits of site; the role of the artist as fieldworker; the relation between action and public space; the meaning of place and locality; and the crucial role of the curator in new situation-specific art.