Sensitive Skin

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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
Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Court Williams

Masters Researcher, Printmedia, Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney)
Sydney, NSW, Australia

I have recently completed my Masters in Visual Arts at the Sydney College of the Arts and have been consistently interested in the concept of un-commissioned street art as an allegory for how we live and interact within the city. My research explores whether contemporary street art has come to play a more viable and legitimate role in the broader field of visual practice and how it potentially demonstrates the effectiveness of Nicolas Bourriaud's Relational Aesthetics - a theory of art that takes as it's theoretical anchorage the concept of human social interaction. My undergraduate research was awarded the prestigious University of Sydney Medal. I have exhibited as a practicing artist extensively in both solo and group contexts.

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