So after reading through the last blog on Fritz Haeg and having had a look through the book it would be fitting to blog about what we are discussing right now in 2004 essay in i Documents of Contemporary Art on the idea of how relational art sets out to create ‘objects’ as well as situations and encounters. This following quote from Ranciere’s essay as well as the collaborations at Fritz Haeg’s Salons have inspired us to develop a platform at RAYGUN which allows individuals within our community to investigate everyday situations highlighting the ‘banal’ and encouraging the idea of living in the now, together, reducing the focus on art as object.
Yesterday’s distance towards commodities is now inverted to propose a new proximity between entities, the institution of new forms of social relations. Art no longer wants to respond to the excess of commodities and signs, but to a lack of connections. As the principle theorist of this school (Nicolas Bourriaud) writes: by offering small services, the artist repairs the weaknesses in the social bond.
Participation Documents of Contemporary Art 2004 Whitechapel Gallery Edited by Claire Bishop p.90