The Power Plant

Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices

Mon Apr 18 2011

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


The Power Plant

This FREE reception launching the book Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices will feature the honourable Miss Canadiana, who appears courtesy of outerregion, in attendance. The reception follows a ticketed 6 PM Forum entitled The In/Visibility of Political Art at the Lakeside Terrace, Studio Theatre.

Drawing on the themes of the anthology, as well as the current exhibitions, guest speakers in the Forum will reflect on the question of visibility in political art practices. What is the role of images or objects in current political artmaking when many artists are choosing to work covertly, even invisibly? And conversely, do these more “embedded” practices only gain meaning when they become visible? Must production leave a trace to be effective? Byproduct editor Marisa Jahn will present on the anthology and art historian Claire Bishop will speak about her research in this field, specifically on Thomas Hirschhorn's past projects.


The editor of Byproduct, Marisa Jahn is an artist, writer and co-founder of REV-, a non-profit organization that fosters socially-engaged art, design and pedagogy. A graduate from MIT, Jahn’s work has been presented internationally and she is currently embedded in Street Vendor Project, a vendor advocacy organization, and People’s Production House, a journalism training and production institute.

Claire Bishop is Associate Professor in the PhD Program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center, New York, and Visiting Professor in the Curating Contemporary Art department at the Royal College of Art, London. Her publications include Installation Art: A Critical History (2005) and the edited anthology Participation (2006). She is a regular contributor to Artforum, and her second monograph, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, will be published by Verso in 2011.

Photo: Thomas Hirschhorn, Das Auge (The Eye), 2008. Mixed media. Installation view: Secession, Vienna. Courtesy the artist and ARNDT, Berlin.


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