do it: the compendium
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Do It began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between the artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier and Obrist himself, who was experimenting with how exhibition formats could be rendered more flexible and open-ended. The discussion led to the question of whether a show could take "scores" or written instructions by artists as a point of departure, which could be interpreted anew each time they were enacted. With every version of the exhibition new instructions were added, so that today more than 300 artists have contributed to the project.
To mark the twentieth anniversary (2013) of this landmark project, this publication presents the history of this ambitious enterprise and gives new impetus to its future. It includes an archive of artists' instructions, essays contextualizing Do It, documentation from the history of the exhibition and instructions by 200 artists from all over the world.
- Independent Curators International
- softcover; 10" x 8"
- 488 pp
- ISBN: 1-938922-01-5
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