Event-specific art in New Zealand : a visual culture analysis of One Day Sculpture and selected case studies : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Visual and Material Culture at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
This thesis introduces the term event-specific art as a new way to view recent art
practices. It defines event-specific art as practices that are transmediumistic,
participatory, interventionist and temporary in nature and are reliant on
documentation, and the effects of media convergence and relational networks. These
types of practices also interrogate notions of publicness, spectacle and position
themselves in dialogue with entertainment and leisure experiences. Because eventspecific
art is engaged in the visual landscape of the everyday, visual culture studies,
rather than a more conventional art history conceptual framework is employed.
Interviews with artists, curators and critics provide the primary data for this research
and close interpretations of event-specific art projects are undertaken. One Day
Sculpture, a recent international series of temporary public sculpture based in New
Zealand in 2008 - 2009 is the central case study of this thesis. Other case studies are
utilised to demonstrate how event-specificity involves certain practices of looking that
are present throughout the wider culture. Event-specificity is shown to be a particular
modality of visual experience in the early twenty -first century.