GALA Committee

Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (NAK)

With the revival of interventionist art practices in the ’90s, which at times decidedly refer to procedures of the ’60s and especially the ’70s, there are frequently moral pretenses at play. Art (market) mechanisms are critically scrutinized, artistic requirements analyzed, and the relationship between public and private spheres and their reciprocal influences investigated. Always, the artists are concerned to condemn prevailing power structures.

Although the project “In the Name of the Place” deals with similar questions, it happily lacks any such moralistic disposition. In 1995, Mel Chin, then teaching at the University of Georgia, was invited to participate in the group exhibition “Uncommon Sense,” which took place in 1997 at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. The theme of the exhibition was the way contemporary art interacts with the public. Chin organized a network of 102

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