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Action Station: Exploring Open Systems

Main Gallery Aug 12–Oct 1, 1995

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Action Station: Exploring Open Systems, 1995
Action Station: Exploring Open Systems, 1995, Installation view, Santa Monica Museum of Art

Action Station examined the subject of interactivity in contemporary art and the resulting dialogue between artist and viewer. The exhibition traced a growing trend among artists who invite the viewer to interact physically with their artworks by disassembling and reassembling them in myriad configurations. All the works presented were conceived by the artists to incorporate viewer interaction and participation: some of the works invited the viewer to decode a textual message; shake oversized, candy-colored papier-mâché beach balls; and develop an alternative persona by trying on different garments. Organized by Sue Spaid, a freelance curator, Action Station included work by Terri Friedman, Joseph Grigely, Laura Howe, Lunna Menoh, and Carol Szymanski, as well as historically related Fluxus works by artists such as George Brecht and Yoko Ono.