My tutor gave a task for each of us to find installation artist and one of his works that we enjoyed so that we could show it in class. I did not think a lot and decided to show the best installation that I have ever seen. In 2010 spring I visited Barbican gallery in London to experience something new. There was installation by Celeste Boursier- Mougenot. You enter The Curve gallery space, walk couple metres and in the end space is transformed into small park with grass, sandhills and tiny lake. All of this is background for what is really happening. There is guitars and drums connected to speakers and displayed all over the park, but the real fun is small birds which are flying around gallery space , jumping on guitars and making noise. I absolutely loved this installation and hope you will like it too.
This installation was so simple but really powerful. In the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world you can come indoor and watch how birds are playing human instruments. Process really takes you in and then you can stand there not thinking about anything else but those small birds playing guitar all day long. To be honest I was thinking about different instruments that birds could also play:)
While my course mates showed artists which they liked we all really got into discussion about installations, and at what point sculpture becomes installation. Somebody said that installation has to be so big that viewer could enter it, others thought that is more about feeling when you stand next to it and somebody even mentioned that it depends if work has one point of view or more. However, now I can see that there is something more complex about installation, as it can be installation of art or installation art.
I read introduction of Claire Bishop book ‘Installation Art’. In just first page she wrote couple very important things about installation:
'But there is a fine line between an installation of art and installation art.’
I agree with her and think that even though sometimes this line is really blurred you can still recognize which is which.
'An installation of art is secondary in importance to the individual works it contains, while in a work of installation art, the space, and the ensemble of elements within it, are regarded in their entirety as a singular entity.’
So after all this I got 'Aura’ project to do, I made two 3D pieces, and I was quite interested that even though it had more then one point of view it could never be described as installation.
I really enjoy installation art, but personally I prefer ones where you enter and get a feeling that you are in some different world. And if it is interactive too than it is guaranteed joy for me.