Panel Discussion: Open Works

Related Exhibition The Art of Participation

Saturday, November 08, 2008, 1:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

The Art of Participation proposes that participatory art stems from a notion of indeterminacy — an openness to chance or change. A concept introduced by John Cage in the early 1950s, indeterminacy refers to projects that cannot be completed by the artist's intention or the art object's form alone. Frieling explores this premise in relation to the exhibition. Hershman Leeson, Jeron, and Rubin talk about their own work and how open practices remake histories of performance, video, and mass media.


Karl Heinz Jeron, artist
Lynn Hershman Leeson, artist
Jon Rubin, artist
Rudolf Frieling, curator, media arts, SFMOMA
Frank Smigiel, associate curator, public programs, SFMOMA