Nicolas Bourriaud on 'Viatorisation'



About Viatorisation Viator – from the Latin for travel or traveller. Artists are creating works that are dynamic structures, manifesting forms before, during and after production. Often works are not conceived as finished – they are clusters of thought and production, or points on a continuous line. Artists transform ideas or signs, they transport and translate them. They show their navigation between the signs, often almost in the form of hypertext – one sign points to another, which in turn leads to another and so on. ‘In their productions, perspective is simultaneously geographical (mobility, displacement and cultural nomadism as methods of composition) and historical (heterochrony as a spontaneous take on the world). Simon Starling or Darren Almond, for example, displace objects in space to illuminate their history; they could be said to “viatorise” them (from Latin viator, “traveller”). For them, historical memory, like the topography of the contemporary world, exists only in the form of a network. Signs are displaced, “viatorised” in circuits, and the work of art presents itself in the form of this dynamic system.’ Nicolas Bourriaud, Altermodern: Tate Triennial, Tate Publishing, 2009 (p22).