Sensitive Skin: Exploring the Inter-activity of Street Art Through a Reading of Nicolas Bourriaud’s Relational Aesthetics

By Court Williams.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Sensitive Skin explores the isolation and dislocation experienced in the urban
environment and situates un-commissioned street art located on the city surface as a construct that potentially generates modes of plurality through immediate encounter, collaboration and intervention.

Sensitive Skin explores the inter-activity of street art. This is done through a reading of Nicolas Bourriaud’s Relational Aesthetics - a theory of art that takes as it’s theoretical horizon the realm of human inter-actions in social spaces. I demonstrate the inter-activity of street art through a discussion of the work of artists who work in a street context.

In doing so, I also draw attention to the virtual characteristics of the anonymous urban environment by locating street art as a virtual representation of the art world, the street artist as an avatar and the city surface as an online blog.

Keywords: Street Art, Relational Aesthetics, Virtual Reality

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.139-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.783MB).


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