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Thompson living as form

Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991–2011


Creative Time, New York



This ambitious catalogue of essays and one hundred artists’ projects presents a broad cross section of socially engaged practices that conflate art, public space, and everyday life. With a nod to the celebrated 1969 exhibition Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form, the book suggests that a spectrum of activities including debates, performances, and spatial occupations can constitute a “bottom-up” cultural resource. Living as Form provides a complementary set of practices for architects and urbanists rethinking built and urban environments, underscoring the interdisciplinary nature of the tools available for reinvesting in the city.

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