Site, Non-Site, Off-Site

Rendell, J. (2006) ‘Site, Non-Site, Off-Site’ in Rendell, J. Art and Architecture: A Place Between. 

Rendell explores the ideas behind site and non-site and off site. The writer examines the work of Robert Smithson who created the iconic artwork ‘Spiral Jetty’. The work itself focuses on going back to the origins of the object and the material. However there is a lack of connection to participant in this work as the only interaction is through photographs. Rendell presents this work as part of a movement of land artists, artists that make an intervention in the land itself.

Rendell goes on to explore the concept of the moving of site to different sites, Off-Site. An example of this is a gallery in which a site is transferred. Rendell also explores the idea that sites have ‘outer limits’ and ‘outer coordinates’ and non-sites have ‘closed limits’ and ‘inner coordinates’.  Rendell presents the idea of land art as a critique of gallery movements as they presented are as a commodity.

Critical Analysis

In relation to our own project the idea of the project not having an interaction from participation is interesting. However our project aims to engage the community as participants not spectators

This reading also looks at the dialogue between the indoor and outdoor. Our project takes place in both a site-specific and gallery setting, inside and outside. I was interested in whether the combination of these different mediums could create a performance that means that participants can take part and embed themselves into the site and influence it through their presence.

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One thought on “Site, Non-Site, Off-Site

  1. Interesting insight to do with participation – I think you could develop the idea of participants taking your work further and embedding themselves in sites, which are subsequently altered and transformed by their presence. Check out Mike Pearson, and maybe Dee Heddon on this.

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