The perennial growth in the art sector has had astonishing results on both — its transformation and humankind. In the eras bygone, art mostly evoked one or two senses at a time in the spectator. However, now art tends to besiege the spectators from all sides and provides a heightened experience by engaging sight, smell, touch and sound. It takes the spectators outside as much as it takes them inside. This heightened experience, wherein the art brackets are wider and include the surroundings of an art piece too, comes from a relatively new art form: Art Installation. For Art Installation, an art piece is designed specifically for a particular setting and is strategically placed.
The insurgence in this art form was seen in 1960s, when a few Dadaists like Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters, brought a theatre like experience into other art forms and caught the fancy of art enthusiasts. For these aficionados, the unapproachable art pieces seemed to have broken the confining glass panels, stepped out of the museums and reached out to them.
These multi-dimensional illusions are mostly installed temporarily and strive to be engaging.
Often made of everyday objects, they can use glass, ice, stone, wood, thread and even discarded objects like old furniture, waste plastic, to name a few. And now, after the turn of a century – like the times and the people – this art form too has gone digital with the use of pixels and kinect technology to create unique interactive experiences.
It is often difficult to interpret such art, especially for the uninitiated; keep an open mind and try to understand the context of the installation, the formal qualities and the theme behind it. This may help you interpret the art and appreciate it.
Featured in the video is an art installation executed by the students of our academy. ‘Togetherness’ is a piece that brings together art and design (and the people) with the use of color, repetition and rhythm.