Sunday, May 4, 2014

Aesthetic autonomy

Listen to Mark Dion, the celebrated artist/archeologist/collector/author/naturalist/teacher talks about himself and his ideas in this clip!

Born 1961, Dion has been working in the art world for more than 2 decades. He is a site-specific artist that does installations that remind people the relationship between human beings and nature, more or less. He really is a passionate archeologist who does a lot of digging and sorting as many of his works show. But what I really found interesting about his approach is that he finds his aesthetics in the process of disconnecting objects from the identities they acquire with the established procedures of archaeological knowledge. He is a cross disciplinary adventurer who softly introduces his way of breaking the cliche statement that "modern artist are only trying to break through the scientific boundaries", he embraces both in and out of context.

Dion now teaches at Columbia University, NY.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed listening to your presentation and learning more about Mark Dion. I don't think he is the best example of a relational artist, but I did find his work to be the most thought-provoking out of all of the presentations on Monday.