CHAPTER 11

Gallery Work

Film as installation

Installation indicates pieces that are specifically designed to run on their own, with little or no intervention by the artist. These usually exist in gallery or museum spaces. In a way, the act of installing art transforms the way we think about space into a gallery or museum space and (usually) transforms the viewing experience from one that is collective—in the way theatrical/performance activity is—to one that is individual in which the viewer walks by/around/through the artwork and experiences it singularly or with a few others. Although film installations are ephemeral in a sense, as the art object only exists once it is installed and turned on, installing films for display into a gallery/museum ...

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