This ethnographic essay analyzes This Progress, an interactive artwork by Tino Sehgal, shown at the Guggenheim in New York City. This “constructed situation” violates conventional expectations of interaction and art, with the aim of fostering meaningful conversations among strangers. The article explores what kinds of talk emerged in these encounters, illuminating possibilities for and challenges to participatory political culture in public spaces in and beyond the museum.
The Art of Conversation: The Museum and the Public Sphere in Tino Sehgal’s This Progress
Rachel Sherman is an associate professor of sociology at the New School for Social Research. Her research focuses on social class, production, and consumption in the service sector and on the cultural foundations of legitimate inequalities.
Rachel Sherman; The Art of Conversation: The Museum and the Public Sphere in Tino Sehgal’s This Progress. Public Culture 1 September 2014; 26 (3 (74)): 393–418. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2683612
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