ART THAT PRACTISES THE MIMESIS OF THINKING, BY CONTRAST, CAUSES A SHIFT OF ATTENTION FROM THE RESULT TO THE ACTIVITIES THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO PRODUCE THAT RESULT.
THE DOCUMENTATION OF THE VIRTUAL AND REAL STEPS NECESSARY TO REALISE THE PROJECT BECOMES THE MAIN OBJECT OF ARTISTIC INTEREST
Every installation represents a particular selection process that determines which objects are included and which excluded in an installation, and in which locations inside the space of the installation they must be placed according to the overall organisation of this space. The person responsible for the selection procedure is an individual artists, but every individual selection is supposed not only to exemplify a system of private judgements, preferences and attitudes, but also to be socially, culturally and politically anchored and thus to some degree ‘representative’. The assumption lends the mimesis of certain systems of thought a critical, polemical activity. The installation can become the site of ideological critique, precisely because it operates on the same terrain of selective thinking that ideology does.
Open Systems: Rethinking Art (60).