Tracing the Ephemeral: What is Left Behind

“The end is the beginning and yet you go on”

Samuel Beckett, Endgame

Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson

Ever wondered what ephemeral art was? What it means when an artwork can only be experienced?

Ephemeral Art and Its Many Forms

The Ephemeral In the Eyes of Benjamin and Beaudelaire

Land Art

Richard Long offsite commission: Boyhood Line (2015), Courtesy of Arnolfini, Bristol.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy, 1970
Photo: Shunk-Kender
© 1970 Christo

Happenings & Performance Art

Allan Kaprow center with beard in YARD (1967) at the Pasadena Art Museum, Getty Images
Marina Abramović and Ulay, “Relation in Time” (1977)
Mona Hatoum
Performance Still 1985
© Mona Hatoum, Tate

Politics of the ephemeral: Street art

Food and Art

Ephemerality during lockdown

References

Huma Kabakcı (b. London, 1990) is an independent Curator and Founding Director of Open Space, living and working between London and Istanbul.

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