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PRINT April 2001

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Nicolas Bourriaud

FOR EVIDENCE OF ART’S recent love affair with “interactivity” and “connectivlty,” one need look no further than the pair of digital art surveys currently playing at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For less literal proof, however, one might consider the recent appointment of Nicolas Bourriaud as codirector, with Jérôme Sans, of the newly created Palais de Tokyo contemporary art center in Paris. As a young critic in the ’90s Bourriaud offered one of the earliest readings of the emergent metaphors of artistic production engendered by information culture. The name he coined for his ideas—“relational aesthetics”—would become the title of his first book of criticism in 1997 and one of the more frequently heard catchphrases, at least in Europe, when it came to the practices of artists like Rirkrit Tiravanija, Philippe Parreno, Liam Gillick, Pierre

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