Installation Art and Performance: A Shared Ontology

Sherri Irvin

in Art and Abstract Objects

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199691494
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746277 | DOI:
Installation Art and Performance: A Shared Ontology

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This chapter has three objectives. First, it argues that apprehending an installation artwork is similar to apprehending an artwork for performance: in each case, audiences must recognize a relationship between the performance or display one encounters and the parameters expressed in the underlying work. Second, it considers whether realizations are also artworks in their own right. It argues that, in both installation art and performance, a particular realization is sometimes an artwork in its own right (even as it realizes another work). It offers criteria for determining when this is the case. Application of the criteria yields the verdict that performances are sometimes artworks in their own right, while displays of installation artworks rarely are. This difference, though, is merely contingent on the conventions of the respective art forms. Third, the chapter addresses ontological concerns about entities that are both abstract and temporal, as many artworks are on this analysis.

Keywords: ontology of art; installation art; contemporary art; performance; individuation; abstract objects

Chapter.  8730 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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