Lost Boundaries

One moment in Lane Relyea’s book that caught my attention was this:

“The rise of networks might not mean the end of of all insides and outsides, but it does mean that, with boundaries and the exclusions they effect being more communicational than representational, one now gains entrée by mastering not paradigms and metalanguages but circuits of connections.”

As a description of a boundary this is a good account of systems theory—and, since art always works with boundaries, thought provoking to an artist. Think of boundary as representation, as surface but also as picture—not far from earlier discussions on this blog about opticality and sculpture. Now think of a boundary as made above all to be crossed, in other words no boundary at all, or with just an abstract, invisible existence. Reminds me of Fred Sandback. But Relyea is thinking of a boundary as itself an act of communication, and exclusion as happening in all conversations. A good description of the art world.

Rirkrit Tiravanija, the paradigmatic networked artist, organizes another gallery cook off with conversation

Rirkrit Tiravanija, the paradigmatic networked artist, organizes another gallery cook off with conversation, the function of which is to represent community and simultaneously place individuals as insiders or outsiders

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