VITO ACCONCI (1940, The Bronx, New York, USA)

He is one of the most well-known pioneers of performance, video, installation and the exploration of architectural space. His work has contributed to expanding art's boundaries, moving beyond the gallery or museum spaces into shared public spaces. In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Acconci started using performance, film and video as instruments of self-analysis and for the exploration of person-to-person relationships. In the mid-70’s, he designed audio and video installations that turned exhibition spaces into community meeting-places. The main focus of Acconci's work in the early 80's was the exploration of the concept of participatory sculpture, the construction of performative spaces for viewers whose activity resulted in the construction and deconstruction of house-like structures. During the mid-80’s, Acconci turned to projects in the field of architecture, resp. landscape-architecture, and furniture design. In the late 80's, he founded the »Acconci Studio«, a group of architects design ing projects for public places.


Publications:
• De Jongh, Karlyn, Vito Acconci in interview with Karlyn De Jongh. In: d’Art International, Vol.14, no 2, Canada, Fall 2011
• Lodermeyer, Peter, Karlyn De Jongh & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME SPACE EXISTENCE, DuMont Verlag, Cologne, Germany, 2009