What is contemporary art?
Contemporary art is a term for the art created in our own times. The Museum of Contemporary Art is dealing with a very specific segment of contemporary art – the experimental art that has its origins in the 1960s’ artistic break from painting and sculpture. Here the idea of the art work is often at the very centre, as well as the act – the performing of the work – can be a work of art in itself.
Video Art: experiments with the film media and their narrative forms. Video artists create, for instance, stories with image fragments, poetic features and abstract films.
Performance Art: has roots in the visual arts, theatre and dance and uses real time actions as its means of expression. The performance can be both very simple with a single person or large-scale technical pieces.
Sound Art: is both a mix of sculpture and music, but can also be the sound in itself. Sound artists have focused on the sound’s many forms of expression, for instance, ambient sounds, silence or electronic noise.
Conceptual Art: based on the original idea of the work, which the artist then shapes. Conceptual Art is one of the most widespread art forms nowadays and can be expressed in each of the other art forms.
Media Art: includes art works created by new media and technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, animation, virtual art and internet art.
Installation Art: a spatial staging consisting of many parts, where the audience can step in and join.
Foto: Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, The Present Doesn’t Exit in My Mind – The Future is Already Far Behind, 2009.