A History of Installation Art and the Development of New Art Forms

Technology and the Hermeneutics of Time and Space in Modern and Postmodern Art from Cubism to Installation

by Faye Ran (Author)
©2009 Monographs X, 256 Pages


Art mirrors life; life returns the favor. How could nineteenth and twentieth century technologies foster both the change in the world view generally called «postmodernism» and the development of new art forms? Scholar and curator Faye Ran shows how interactions of art and technology led to cultural changes and the evolution of Installation art as a genre unto itself – a fascinating hybrid of expanded sculpture in terms of context, site, and environment, and expanded theatre in terms of performer, performance, and public.


X, 256
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2012 (January)
Geschichte 1920-2000 Installation (Kunst) Ästhetik Installation Art Modernism New Art Forms Art and Technology Art and Cultural Change Art and Culture Postmodernism
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. X, 256 pp., num. coloured and b/w ill.

Biographical notes

Faye Ran (Author)

The Author: Faye Ran, writer, art curator, and Professor of Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature, a Ph.D from New York University in Media Ecology, Culture and Communication, a Masters in Art History from CUNY, and an MBA in Media and Arts Administration from Adelphi University. She is a former Fulbright Scholar in Theater, AFI Screenwriting Fellow, and winner of the Goodman Award for playwriting. Faye has produced over 100 plays, films, videos and multimedia productions, and curated over 200 art exhibitions. Both her academic and creative work reflect an interest in new genres, experimental narrative, and hybridity of form. Faye Ran’s previous book with Peter Lang, The Tragicomic Passion, (1994), was a history and analysis of tragicomedy and tragicomic characterization in drama, film and literature.


Title: A History of Installation Art and the Development of New Art Forms