Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Roles: Author vs. Spectator vs. Viveur

The duty of a participatory/intermedia artist is to blur these roles together, to make them proximal and even indiscernible. When does the artist cease to be the author, and become a spectator, or do they at all? What is the difference between the two and between the viveur? Is the role of the viveur chosen or forced? How radically have these roles changed from the past?

I definitely see the bluring of these roles as the marxist revolution of art. Making it egalitarian, taking it out of the white space or financial plaza, and putting it in the hands of the people, sharing the role of viveur with the artist.

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