Special Issue "Installation Art"


A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752). This special issue belongs to the section "Music and Performance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Alistair Riddell
Lecturer in Sound Art and Physical Computing, The Australian National University, Photography and Media Arts, School of Art, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Room 2.22. Peter Karmel Building #121, Childers St., The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia
Website: http://www.alistairriddell.com
Phone: +02 6125 5642
Fax: +02 6125 8262
Interests: physical computing in the creative arts and its potential future forms; music; performance and installation art

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Installation Art is often evident by example and understood as a singularity but resistant to comparative analysis and categorization through anything but generalities. Given its diversity of interpretation, ubiquity in the global contemporary art world and capacity to invoke awe in audiences, the current state of Installation Art suggests a ‘Golden Age’. Through socially relevant themes, technological invigoration, presentation scale and community integration, Installation Art appears manifest in an increasing production flow from the artist’s studio to a gallery space or cityscape or desert horizon. Artist’s and the public are in love with objects in time and space and to explicate this explosion of work and activity, articles may delve into aspects of the mechanics, dynamics, contexts and artists who are at the innovative edge of this creative moment.

What can be understood about Installation Art? Why is it such a 'contemporary' artistic practice today? How can answers to the practice’s fundamental questions be drawn out from historical, national and political contexts; from a tangle of stylistic and unique methodologies of construction, placement and temporality? In addition to texts on such ‘big picture thinking’, we also welcome studies that focus on technology, material and pedagogy alongside the discourse on modes of interpretation, controversial issues, economics and public response. As the scope of this subject is so extensive and in part, elusive, articles could focus on or circumscribe one or a number of the points below:
  • History
  • Artists/Collaborations
  • Style and Identity
  • Form and Scale
  • Placement
  • Technology and Interaction
  • Public Sphere: Politics, Funding, Engagement, Response
  • Private Collections
  • Sustainability
  • Future

Dr. Alistair Riddell
Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Arts is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Announced Papers
  1. Ann Morrison, Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Joint Head of Study, Art and Technology Program; Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark
  2. Franc Solina; Computer and Information Science; University of Ljubljan

Last update: 10 February 2015

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