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The Unlimited Performativity of Instruction Art: Space Transformer by Yoko Ono
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3452-1050
2018 (English)In: The power of the in-between: Intermediality as a tool for aesthetic analysis and critical reflection / [ed] Sonya Petersson, Christer Johansson, Magdalena Holdar, Sara Callahan, Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018, p. 99-128Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In 1966 American artist Dick Higgins coined the term  intermedia as descriptive of contemporary avant-garde art. Building on a  system of medial in-betweenness and artistic overlaps, Higgins aimed to show the interconnections between new artistic  practices such as mail art, happenings, and action music. This article  attempts to read his theory through an artwork whose concept is contemporary to Higgins’s intermedia theory but also—through its use of new media—to our time. Yoko Ono’s instruction piece Space Transformer consists of three elements: a material artefact; an instruction on how to use the artefact; and the execution of the instruction by the interpreter. The article follows the itinerary between them, concluding that the piece’s intermedia qualities are crucial for its emancipatory aim and outcome.

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Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018. p. 99-128
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Stockholm Studies in Culture and Aesthetics, ISSN 2002-3227 ; 4
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Art History
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Art History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176284DOI: 10.16993/baq.eISBN: 9789176350676 (print)ISBN: 9789176350645 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176284DiVA, id: diva2:1373697
Available from: 2019-11-27 Created: 2019-11-27 Last updated: 2019-12-02Bibliographically approved

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