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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Nicola Oxley

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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
This body of research focuses on curatorial practice as a means of exploring methodologies and disseminating ideas internationally around a particular topic or field of knowledge. In particular, it examines the representation and aesthetics of anxiety, with a view to bring together traditional and contemporary interpretations of fear in a visual presentation.
The international exhibition was co-curated by Nicola Oxley, Nicolas de Oliveira and Olga Daniylopoulou and featured new and existing works by 31 international artists and 31 Greek artists.
The exhibition was accompanied by a large format catalogue and a three day symposium entitled Fear in Art and Life



Outcome 3 - Scale

The body of research undertaken regarding this exhibition at the Museum of Installation focuses on the relationship between artworks and location. The question of "site" is addressed in this exhibition by a dramatic reduction in relative scale. The four installations, minute in size, questioned the association between presence or visual effectiveness and scale.
Scale was curated by Nicola Oxley and Maurice van Tellingen. A limited edition catalogue accompanied the exhibition. Participating artists included Maurice van Tellingen, Hans Op de Beeck, Eric Steensma and Frank Halmans.


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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