I publish today a brief essay: ‘Making heterotopia: some explorations through contemporary art’. The essay looks particularly at the work of the Norwegian artist Knut Åsdam, as well as Dan Graham and two emerging artists.
Foucault’s substantial work on disciplinary power, sexuality and the aesthetics of existence has frequently engaged contemporary art criticism. Often on the margins of this critical discourse, the trope ‘heterotopia’ emerges, as well as popping up here and there in titles of exhibitions and art school shows. At the same time, a few artists have incorporated Foucault’s notion of heterotopia within an exploration of Foucault’s wider work, as a sort of tool box of ideas and inspiration, exploring the possibility of making heterotopia, an interpretation through practice. In this paper, I will briefly discuss ‘heterotopian’ installations by Dan Graham, before concentrating on the Norwegian artist and filmmaker Knut Åsdam, who has explicitly explored heterotopia as one key strand in his work. The paper ends by highlighting two emerging artists who have also taken up this tantalising concept.
Johnson, P. (2014) ‘Making Heterotopia: some explorations through contemporary art’, Heterotopian Studies [http://www.heterotopiastudies.com/]
22 October 2014