Open Forum
Space, Interaction, and the Tradition of Oskar Hansen
Edited by Axel Wieder, Florian Zeyfangau

Contributions by James N Hutchinson, Anna Molska, Łukasz Ronduda, Felicity D. Scott, Łukasz Stanek, Pelin Tan, Jan Verwoert, Axel Wieder, Michał Woliński, Florian Zeyfang
Interviews with Wiktor Gutt, Grzegorz Kowalski, Paweł Kwiek, Anna Niesterowicz, Artur Żmijewski


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Oskar Hansen’s (1922–2005) theoretical concept of “open form” was developed in the context of international debates around late-modern architecture in the 1950s. This publication examines the impact of Hansen’s ideas within contemporary visual culture and the redefined role of the viewer since the 1960s.

Modern Architecture, Performing Arts
Open form assumed that no artistic expression is complete until it has been appropriated by its users or beholders. In the following decades, the concept became a key principle of performance and film art, and led to the development of process-oriented and interdisciplinary artistic techniques. Hansen’s concept revolutionized the traditional means of artistic communication. The book includes in-depth interviews with some of the most important protagonists of experimental art in Poland, who investigate the historical impact of the open form. Other contributions comment on the theory’s influence on a younger generation of artists. Visual material by Hansen and the artists complete this extensive volume.

Axel Wieder is a curator and writer and since 2018 director of Bergen Kunsthall.
Florian Zeyfang is a German concept artist and filmmaker.


56 color, 139 b/w

248 pages, 195 illustrations
Paperback, 15x22 cm
German, English
Sternberg Press, 1st edition 2014
ISBN 9783943365986