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Nicolas de Oliveira

Research Outcomes


Outcome 1 - Hans Op de Beeck: On Vanishing
This book is a monograph on the Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck, whom the authors have exhibited through their organisation Museum of Installation in The Scarecrow (Greece, 2006) and Scale (London, 2002).
The research for this outcome is concerned with the co-authors’ long-standing interest in installation art. Here, the emphasis lies with the problematic of representing experience- and duration-based work, such as installation art and video, through text.
Does the writing of a text impact significantly on the spectator’s perception of the work itself, and, if so, what is the contribution of the writer as another author in this context, and what key challenges are faced?



Outcome 2 - The Scarecrow
The exhibition, The Scarecrow focuses on curatorial practice as a means of exploring methodologies and disseminating ideas around the representation and aesthetics of anxiety, with a view to bring together traditional and contemporary interpretations of fear. In the Realm of Anxiety, the text by de Oliveira featured in the catalogue of the exhibition, examines fear as a separation between self and other, whilst stressing its creative potential as a cultural tool.
The conference paper given by de Oliveira at the Fear in Art and Life symposium echoed the main points of In the Realm of Anxiety whilst examining contemporary artistic strategies of representation.



Outcome 3 - Travelling Light (in Capitalism and Schizophrenia)
The texts in this book on the Mexican artist Stefan Bruggemann were written by Nicolas de Oliveira, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Pedro Reyes and Alexandra Garcia.
Travelling Light concerns itself with the relationship between language and space. While much of installation art is seen as "immersive" or "experiential", Bruggemann’s work eschews this premise, preferring to emphasise the representational value of language in art. The challenge for the writer is to develop a textual methodology to examine artworks whose presence is manifested at the level of the metaphor, rather than as physical representation: in short, to write about what is not present.


Outcome 4 - Installation art in the new Millennium: Empire of the Senses

This new title continues the work of Installation art (Thames & Hudson, 1994) in examining installation art as a major force in art, whilst charting its progress from marginal activity to the mainstream, from alternative site to the major museums and galleries.
The text is accompanied by lush visual documentation of over 150 international projects. The additional picture research focused on images that were able to convey experiential sense of installation, allowing the reader/viewer to build up a sense of the work between what was described and discussed in the text and what was shown in the images.


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