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Monument for Historical Change and other social Sculptures

Community Portraits and Spontanous Operas
Community Portraits and Spontanous Operas

"The present publication has two distinct aims. The first is to present in depth a single work of art: A Monument for Historical Change, an outdoor sculpture located in Berlin-Mitte which was completed in September 2004.
The book is also a collection of writings by Clegg & Guttmann on public art from 1990 to 2005, the results of an effort to frame artistic praxis within a coherent and general theoretical vision of socially embedded art.
The two aims are complementary.
Monument for Historical Change is a prime example of the category of Social Sculptures. It is a culmination of earlier ideas about art which combines institutional arrangements, cultural forms and ideational constructs and uses them as building blocks. The Monument was also the beginning of a new direction. It is a work of art designed to function as a conduit to the historical layer of the urban environment.
The essays, interviews and documents collected here provide Monument for Historical Change with the appropriate theoretical context and places it in a lineage of projects leading to it. A detailed chronology is provided of social sculptures, community portraits and spontaneous operas by Clegg & Guttmann from 1990 to 2005."

Clegg & Guttmann